The Ohio Buckeye Region chapter of the American Red Cross, which serves a 45-county region from the Columbus area north to Toledo, is standing by and ready to assist storm victims in the Plains states.
Dozens of tornadoes raked a wide swath last evening, from Texas to Nebraska, taking one life and injuring at least a dozen residents in a mobile home park southeast of Oklahoma City. There was also considerable damage in parts of Kansas, where more than 10 tornadoes touched down late Wednesday. Oklahoma City received a record daily-rainfall of 7.1 inches.
As more storms bubble up today just west of the same region hit hard by storms on Wednesday, Ohio Red Cross volunteers and staff will be paying close attention. Volunteers from the Columbus area recently returned from a stint in northern Kentucky, following major flooding, assisting residents with sheltering, clothing, food and other necessities.
Regional Disaster officer Ken Robinson was in Columbus Thursday to monitor the needs of chapters in the Plains states, and let volunteers know to be prepared if there is a call for a second wave of assistance from outside the region.