Tulsa's Red Cross Chapter Prepared For Next Disaster

Monday, September 25th 2006, 10:09 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Red Cross chapter assists family's who have lost their homes to fire everyday. But they also help with large scale catastrophes like tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes.

Tulsa's Red Cross says they're now more prepared than ever to deploy when disaster strikes.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson explains the Tulsa chapter of the Red Cross says they've doubled disaster supplies, added an extra warehouse and bolstered their army of volunteers.

In the year since Hurricane Katrina hit donations have poured in. The Red Cross says there will never too much, but so far generous donors have enabled them to prepare for more large scale disasters in Oklahoma.

Trailers full of supplies stand ready to ship out at a moments notice and dozens of new volunteers are ready to go along too. Tulsa Red Cross CEO Mary Ogle says as the one year anniversary of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita roll around, she hopes Tulsan's know they're covered if disaster strikes again. "It means that we're still here, we're still doing our job and we're just trying to keep improving like everybody else and you can count on your Red Cross because we're there right with the first responders and we always will be."

In addition, several Tulsa churches have also joined forces with the Red Cross to help brace Green Country for disaster. They're part of a new program called "Ready When The Time Comes.”