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Red Cross to Deploy Volunteers to Oklahoma for Tornado Relief, TN

Red Cross volunteers were out last night with food and supplies supporting first responders.

WHO: American Red Cross – Tennessee Volunteer Region

WHAT: 6 Red Cross Volunteers driving 3 Emergency Response Vehicles (Mobile Feeding trucks) to Shawnee, OK to help with tornado relief efforts.

WHERE: Volunteers will be leaving from:

American Red Cross – Nashville Area Chapter

2nd floor – Disaster Operations Center

2201 Charlotte Avenue

Nashville, TN 37203

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21st

Volunteers will be arriving at 10:00 a.m. and leaving between 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

INFO: Volunteers will be meeting at the Nashville Area Chapter to receive deployment briefings before they depart to assist with disaster relief efforts.

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Visuals include Red Cross volunteers preparing to go and driving away from the Chapter in the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles. We ask that you do remain flexible as we complete the deployment process for our volunteers.

The American Red Cross has one shelter open in Moore and is working on locating others; we continue to operate three shelters that were opened Sunday in the Oklahoma City area following the storms on Sunday.

Red Cross volunteers were out last night with food and supplies supporting first responders.

More than 25 emergency response vehicles were deployed Tuesday morning, and we expect that the number will increase. The Red Cross is also sending in kitchen support trailers to support the upcoming operation to provide meals to those forced out of their homes.

This has been a major disaster, and the Red Cross will be there for the people in this state and this community. People who wish to make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief can visit, dial 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at