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Sioux Empire Red Cross On Standby For Southern Storms

April 29, 2014, 7:20 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Sioux Empire Red Cross On Standby For Southern Storms
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

States to the south of KELOLAND have seen a lot of severe weather this week. Even with the damage about a thousand miles away, the Sioux Empire Red Cross is watching the damage and says it's on standby ready for a possible call for help.

Strong storms tore through several states including, Arkansas and Alabama, leaving destruction in its wake.

"I'm looking here at what used to be my home. I don't know where to start. I don't know what to do," Mayflower, Arkansas resident Raella Faulkner said.

In the hard hit areas, the Red Cross is out helping victims of the storm.

"Obviously we're mobilizing our volunteer teams, we have shelters opening up in various communities," Tony Burke, Community Chapter Executive Officer, said.

In KELOLAND, the Sioux Falls Chapter of the American Red Cross is keeping a close eye on the situation.

"Our disaster program managers are talking consistently about what's going on around our region so that if we need to start deploying people, we need to start ramping up our awareness, like we're doing today," Burke said.

When crews are called Sioux Falls Chapter volunteers will be ready to go.

"As this unfolds, these tornadoes have happened in the last 24-46 hours we're still kind of in the assessment mode, what are the needs in the community? What can we do what are we doing? It really is about assessing everything at this point," Burke said.

The Red Cross says you can help those impacted too by donating money to the organization or just becoming a volunteer yourself.

"What we are always looking for is volunteering, to step in and learn and train now prior to the next disaster so we're really encourage people right now, because they are aware right now, get involved," Burke said.

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