Idaho Power, Red Cross ready to respond to Oklahoma twister

Idaho Power, Red Cross ready to respond to Oklahoma twister

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by Kim Fields

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Posted on May 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 10:50 AM

BOISE -- The people of Idaho are quick to help in times of crisis. We've answered the call for help after almost every major disaster in this country and two major local agencies expect they will be asked to help in Oklahoma.

Both the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross and Idaho Power are ready to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma.

RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS

Barbara Fawcett with the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross said her organization will likely hear within the next few days whether volunteers from Idaho are needed in America's heartland.

Fawcett says over the past year, the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross has sent 32 volunteers to various disasters, including 27 volunteers sent to help after Hurricane Sandy.

"We have nurses, we have shelter managers, we have some wonderful mental health professionals who go out and try to help people get through the devastation that they're living with," said Fawcett.

Video of tornado approaching Newcastle, Oklahoma, courtesy NBC

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IDAHO POWER READY TO HELP

Idaho Power sent more than two dozen crew members to Long Island after Hurricane Sandy. Kevin Winslow with Idaho Power says that as of Monday night his organization had not gotten a call to help in Oklahoma.

But they're ready.

"We operate under a mutual assistance agreement and that means that if our fellow utilities put out the call for assistance, we respond if our crews are available," said Winslow.

The Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross says the best way you can help the people of Oklahoma is through monetary donations. Fawcett says the Red Cross cannot accept clothing and household goods because they cannot easily transport them to Oklahoma.

To donate to the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross click here.

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