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Local volunteers continue providing relief in Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA (WKOW) -- As Oklahoma residents recover from a second round of damaging storms, Wisconsin volunteers are on the ground to help.

Dozens of American Red Cross volunteers in Wisconsin, including some from the Madison area, had already been deployed to help out after the recent tornado in Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service says Friday's weather brought five tornadoes through the Oklahoma City metro area -- including an EF3 that officials say killed at least nine people and injured about 100.

The Red Cross reports the 29 volunteers are all safe. Some are nurses out providing medical supplies to storm victims and mental health volunteers are counseling those who've been through this experience.

"It's really traumatic what they've just gone through," says Patty Flowers, regional CEO with the Red Cross. "So our mental health workers will reassure them with a hug. There will be some steps they can take to help them start recovery."

Volunteers are also delivering care packages for kids.

A Red Cross tornado smart phone app shows victims and people wanting to help the nearest locations of storms.

Investigators have not yet determined exactly how far the killer tornado in El Reno, OK traveled on the ground. An EF1 tornado also struck in southwest Oklahoma City and EF0 tornadoes struck on both the city's southeast side and in Moore -- where a deadly tornado hit on May 20 and killed 24 people.

Survey teams will return to the devastated areas Sunday and Monday.

The Red Cross says the best donation right now is money, rather than food or personal items. YOu can help out by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the words "Red Cross" to 90-999 to make a $10 donation. The money helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to people affected by disasters.

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