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Local Allen County Red Cross Volunteer Deploying to Oklahoma

Local Allen County Red Cross Volunteer Deploying to Oklahoma
More than a month after the deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma, the Red Cross is providing help and comfort with a recovery plan.

American Red Cross of Allen County Disaster Action Team member and dedicated volunteer Steve Newman is traveling to Oklahoma today to help assist people affected by the recent tornadoes.

Newman will join other Red Cross volunteers from around the country by serving as a client casework associate. He will assess client needs and connect them with available resources like clothing and food. The will provide much-needed emotional support and answer any questions they may have as they work with families affected by the storm to determine their long term recovery plan. Outreach teams are going door-to-door in some areas to make sure people know Red Cross help is available.

Newman is an Elida resident and has been deployed many times before. He’s assisted local families following Hurricane Isaac, Super Storm Sandy, and the Hattiesburg, Mississippi tornado.

More than a month after the deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma, the Red Cross is providing help and comfort with recovery planning, health services and emotional support — and will be there for people in these communities in the months ahead. Donations to the Red Cross are being used to provide immediate help to people in need right now. Working together with local, state and federal partners, the Red Cross is drawing up additional plans on how it will continue to support Oklahoma communities.

People can learn how to prepare and react during a tornado by visiting redcross.org/tornado or by downloading the free American Red Cross Tornado app on any Apple or Android device.