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Benton Franklin Red Cross on Standby to Help Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Local Red Cross volunteers are prepared to help disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma following Monday's devastating tornado.

Disaster relief volunteers with the Benton Franklin Red Cross are on standby to leave at a moment's notice if they get called in.

Many volunteers have already packed their bags.

Currently, the Red Cross says there are enough volunteers in Oklahoma, but local volunteers could be called in to relieve others and take on new tasks once the damage is assessed.

"The volunteers who are on the scene get tired and wear out. They need a break. We've got to pull from other resources from all over the U.S. To fill those spots and continue the recover efforts," said Tawni Folberg, Benton Franklin Red Cross.

The Benton Franklin Red Cross has 72 disaster relief volunteers.

Folberg said she anticipates they will be called to Oklahoma eventually.

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