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Seeking Shelter in Oklahoma

American Red Cross
I figured this was the place to be.

Powerful storms with tornadoes, rain and strong winds hammered south Oklahoma City the evening of March 6. Louise Salinas was home with his 2 year old daughter Myla when the storms hit their home.

“The winds were so strong”, Salinas said. “I tried to open the door and it just shut the door right on me.”

Salinas knew he needed to seek shelter in his home. He grabbed his daughter and some blankets and went to their closet to ride out the storm.

“It sounded like a freight train,” he said.

The next morning, Louise and his daughter came to the Red Cross shelter opened in Oklahoma City for those displaced by the tornado and flooding.

“I wanted to go to a safe place,” he said. “I figured this was the place to be.”

Salinas is one of around 60 people who spent the night in the shelter. Red Cross volunteers are working with individuals and families to make sure they are comfortable in the shelter.

You can help us support those in Oklahoma affected by the May 6, 2015 tornadoes by making a donation to, calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.