Spokane Red Cross prepares to send help to Oklahoma

Published On: May 21 2013 12:10:04 AM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Local Red Cross volunteers are on standby waiting to head to Oklahoma to assist in the relief efforts.

Right now the non-profit is mobilizing to help in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. Shelters are getting step up and volunteers are on the ground. In Spokane thousands of miles away, long-time, local Red Cross volunteers are ready to reach a helping hand to those affected.

"Our volunteers have already been calling us today, asking us to let them know when opportunities are available," Megan Snow with the local Red Cross chapter said.

It often takes a little time for the Red Cross to assess the damage and needs of the disaster but volunteers from the Spokane area could be taking off very soon.

"We are assuming our volunteers will start going out as soon as tomorrow based on the fact that this was such a huge disaster. We know there is a lot of need," Snow said.

The Red Cross says the biggest thing people can do is make a financial donation to the non-profit. Every dollar goes a long way and helps to feed and shelter those people affected by the devastating tornado.

"The money that you give really makes a direct impact that we can turn around and buy the supplies we know are needed most, we can fly our volunteers out from where they need to be," Snow said.

You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.