2 area volunteers head to Oklahoma

By Katherine Wartell

Two area Red Cross volunteers were traveling to Moore, Okla., on Tuesday to help provide resources to the suburb of Oklahoma City that was devastated by a tornado Monday afternoon.

The volunteers, Bob Burke, Topeka, and Jerry McVey, Milford, were taking an emergency response vehicle to provide food and supplies for those in need. Meghan Spreer, communications director for the Red Cross, said the organization has plans to send more volunteers.

Spreer said the Red Cross is mobilizing resources, including local volunteers, and more than 20 emergency response vehicles to provide support to the Oklahoma Red Cross.  She said the Topeka emergency response vehicle has been activated and will deploy as volunteers become available.

Trailers of additional relief supplies including shelter supplies are being prepared to move, Spreer said. But, she said, they are waiting to hear from emergency responders already at the scene of the tornado damage before they send more volunteers so the organization can determine the best ways to help.

Spreer said the best way for the public to help is to make financial contributions through 1-800-Red-Cross,, or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999, which will make a $10 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Spreer said they encourage the public to make financial contributions instead of traveling to Moore.

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