Area Red Cross Chapter deploys Mid-Missouri nurse to Oklahoma

The Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes Callaway County, has deployed a volunteer nurse from Barnett to Moore, Okla., to assist in providing health services to victims of a deadly tornado that struck the city on Monday afternoon.

The nurse will leave on Monday and stay in Moore for two weeks. During this time, she will help supervise health services.

Mike Flanagan, a spokesman for the Heart of Missouri Red Cross chapter, said two emergency response vehicles are on standby along with more than 50 volunteers from the St. Louis area who are trained to respond to large scale disasters.

Cindy Erickson, regional Red Cross chief executive officer, said the American Red Cross already has one shelter operating in Moore, Okla., and is working on locating others in the city hit by the massive tornado on Monday. Three shelters were opened in nearby Oklahoma City.

Red Cross volunteers are sending kitchen support trailers to support a plan to provide meals to those forced out of their homes in Oklahoma.

About 30 Red Cross emergency response vehicles moved into the area Tuesday to distribute food water and relief supplies.

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