Local efforts aid Oklahoma tornado victims


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Charities are working to provide relief efforts to people affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

The charity asks for financial donations to help the disaster relief to provide food, shelter and emotional support. They say they are working to mobilize volunteer resources.

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One Wilmington worker is in Oklahoma helping with the disaster relief. The charity says there has not been a request to send more people yet, but they are on alert.

“At this time Autum Mihm, our regional communications director, is the only person that we have on the ground from the Wilmington area in Moore, OK, and we’re gathering availability information from our other trained disaster volunteers,” Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter CEO Vicki LaBelle said.

Labelle says it’s important to be prepared, because you never know when a disaster will strike. She says the Red Cross’s Tornado Prep app would help the Cape Fear region because there is no warning system in the area. The GPS follows you, and a siren goes off when there’s a warning around you.

NPR science correspondent Ira Faltow, in town visiting WHQR, says storms will be more intense now.

“You’re going to have more rain and rainfall, stronger hurricanes, you’re going to have stronger tornadoes,” he said. “This is the fourth tornado in the last 15 years, this is the second really big one to hit the same area. This is the earth telling you that global warming is real.”

If you want to help, you can make a donation on the Red Cross website or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.