Local Relief Teams Head to Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 21, 2013  |  Updated 9:42 AM EDT
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A child is carried from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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AmeriCares a disaster relief organization based in Stamford, and the American Red Cross Connecticut branch are sending emergency response teams to Oklahoma to help tornado survivors.

At least 24 people were killed when a tornado swept through and that number is expected to rise.

AmeriCares will head to Oklahoma City to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid. The group has reached out to health clinics, food banks and nonprofit organizations in the region with offers of assistance.

The Americares team will assess the needs of the people and deliver disaster kits filled with
basic hygiene products to families who are staying in shelters after losing everything.

“We expect to have a team on the ground in Oklahoma in the morning, assessing needs and coordinating deliveries,” Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response, said in a statement on Monday.

Americares has already sent gallons of bottled water to the local food banks in central Oklahoma.

The Red Cross is sending more than 20 emergency response vehicles to support the Oklahoma City.
 
For more information, or to donate to AmeriCares U.S. Disaster Relief Fund, go to americares.org. To make a donation, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
 

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