Area Volunteers Help With Oklahoma Tornado Relief

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"It is absolute and utter devastation," said Ohio County Nurse Bo Berryman.

People from south central Kentucky are helping clean up and rebuild in Oklahoma after tornadoes devastated the town of Moore.

"It is absolute and utter devastation," said Ohio County Nurse Bo Berryman.

Berryman says she and five others arrived in Moore yesterday with supplies, and are set up in a warehouse distributing them to victims who have nothing.

"They walk in the door, and you're like, can I help you get anything? They don't even know what they need, and they're just shocked," said Berryman.

More people from her hospital are set to join them tomorrow, and area American Red Cross volunteers are waiting on a call for deployment any minute.

"Our volunteers are still on stand-by. They're waiting for the positions to become available to meet their skill sets. We have about 15 ready to deploy at any moment," said South Central Kentucky American Red Cross Executive Director.Jennifer Capps.

Capps says American Red Cross has more than 350 volunteers on the scene now.

"They're working in shelters, kitchens and emergency aid stations," said Capps.

Capps says they're looking for more volunteers.

"It's just amazing all of the skill sets we need. Financial... tracking and processing... numbers... tallies... the possibilities are endless," said Capps.

Berryman says if you plan on helping out independently, be prepared to be self-sustainable.

"Shelters are packed with victims, so if they're coming down, they need to be able to take care of themselves. Don't rely on anybody here. We need to help these people. We don't need to take from them. We need to give to them," said Berryman.

There's plenty of giving left to do according to Capps, who says volunteers will likely be in Moore for months rebuilding. She says the South Central Kentucky American Red Cross chapter will have an orientation for those interested in becoming volunteers on June 4. For more information, see the link below.

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