Red Cross, Allen County EMA prepare for tornado season

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – With dozens of people being killed from Sunday night’s tornadoes in Arkansas and Oklahoma, local agencies such as The American Red Cross and Emergency Management Agency are getting ready for the season.

The Red Cross chapters in Arkansas and Oklahoma are assess the damage from Sunday’s storm and seeing if more volunteers are needed to help. The Red Cross in Fort Wayne is getting trucks and equipment inspected and ready for possible deployment. They’re not on standby, but Tracy Fox, American Red Cross of Fort Wayne communication manager, said they can be called out at any time.

“We just want to make sure that everybody is up to speed on any of our current processes,” she said. “So as soon as we get the call, we’re able to respond.”

Fox said volunteers have been watching the news and know what’s going on in Arkansas and Oklahoma. They have called to let Red Cross officials know that they’re available if they’re called out.

Volunteers for the Red Cross have many backgrounds ranging from nursing to driving. They can be called out to help for two weeks  up to a month at a time depending on the situation.

Another agency preparing for tornado season is the Allen County Emergency Management Agency.

“It’s really about information management, getting the right info to the right people, so they can make the right decision,” said Bernie Beier, director of the Allen County EMA.

Beier said families should have storm plan and equipment in place in case of severe weather. He said make sure it’s tailored to your families’ needs.

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