Red Cross sends one local volunteer to Oklahoma

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 1:09 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--One local Red Cross worker left Spokane on Tuesday to travel to Moore, Oklahoma. They will help with recovery efforts following and EF5 tornado which hit Monday.

The Inland Northwest Red Cross chapter deployed one person. Sharon Andrews has responded to more than 20 disaster zones in the last eight years. KREM 2 News spoke with her before she boarded her flight at Spokane International Airport/

Andrews helps with technology during a crisis. She sets up computers, cell phones and printers for volunteers. The devices are all used to relay information about the disaster zone.

Andrews admitted that it is hard to deal with these tragedies again and again. She said she expects the Moore, OK tornado to be harder than most.

"That's the best part and that's what keeps all of us going,” said Andrews. “They're very happy we're there, they know we're going to help them and they know we're not going to leave until it's finished."

Red Cross leaders expect Andrews to be deployed for about two months. Andreas will receive a break about 30 days into her deployment.

Inland Northwest Red Cross leaders said they expect to deploy more volunteers as the organization reviews the response and determines what else is needed from the area.

Red Cross donations can be made here.

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