Nigel Holderby, the spokesperson for the Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross says volunteers are on stand by in southern Missouri, ready to provide help to storm victims in all three states.
Springfield-based Convoy of of Hope has assessment teams on the way to areas throughout the Midwest that were hit by the storms.
Convoy president Hal Donaldson, in a statement released Monday, said "Our teams will provide crucial information that will help us as we make plans in the coming days and monitor additional severe weather forecasted in these areas throughout the week."
Convoy of Hope's Jeff Nene is lending a helping hand to the tornado-stricken communities.
"First thing folks need in a situation like this is food and water," Nene says. "So we'll get food and water into that area as quickly as we can. Follow that up with cleaning supplies, possibly debris removal teams."
Nene says communication is key in an event like this.
"When we come into an area like this that's just been hit hard with a tornado first thing we'll do is get with local emergency management make sure we plug in. That way we can be effective and efficient all at the same time," he says. "A lot of the reasons we talk with local emergency management, first, is so we don't create that second disaster if you will, coming in and getting in there way or duplicating efforts."
You can donate online at ConvoyofHope.org or by texting "CONVOY" to 50555 to give $10.
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