Helping the Oklahoma Victims

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- "The good news is the American Red Cross is there. We're going to be there to give them a hug and let them cry on our shoulder," says Anna Kate Twitty, Regional Communicaitons Officer for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross.

Twitty says the organization has been on the ground in Oklahoma since Sunday.

"We've had shelters open, we've been feeding, we've been providing emotional support," says Twitty

And at any time more volunteers from South Carolina could be called out.

"What we're doing right now is we're mobilizing all of our vounteers, making sure our vehicles are ready to go and at a moments notice those resources will be out the door," says Twitty

The need is great as homes and schools in Moore, Oklahoma have been leveled.

But, perhaps the most heartwrenching, compelling story is the children lost when an elementary school was flattened Monday afternoon.

Here at home, we headed over to Claude A. Taylor Elementary in Lexington District Two, where Assistant Superintendent Jim HInton tells us students have tornado drills at least once a quarter.

Hinton says the hallways of a school are some of the safest for children when a storm is approaching.

"In our case, thing about it we have people that live in apartments, people that live in mobile homes. There would be kids going home, no adults there, they are safe here," says Hinton

The red cross says you can help your family stay safe by being prepared, making a plan and having a survival kit on hand.

A list of basic supplies for a survival kit include: Water, food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand cranked radio, First aid kit, a seven day supply of medications, multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, cell phones with chargers, family and emergency contact information, extra cash, emergency blanket and maps of the area.

For more information on how you can donate or volunteer visit www.redcross.org


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