Local volunteers ready to help in tornado stricken areas

Huntsville, Ala. (Source: WAFF)
Huntsville, Ala. (Source: WAFF)
Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Source: WAFF)
Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Source: WAFF)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Lowcountry expects to send some tornado relief to some of the hardest hit areas in the South. Local volunteers could be called to leave by Friday morning.

"Right now they're calling for health services, nurses," said Lowcountry Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Louis Welch Williams. "They're also calling for mental health. We're starting to see some mass care. We put that request out to our volunteers and see if they want to go help."

Lowcountry volunteers from the Red Cross say they are gearing up the emergency response vehicle, which can provide affected residents with food, comfort and cleaning kits.

"A lot of what they do at first is the mobile feeding. Keep in mind a lot of these people are in an area where they can't get out, so it is their only source of food," Welch Williams said.

The vehicle can be called to emergencies nationally, when shelters and mass care is needed to take care of people affected. So far Red Cross chapters in the region have sent 30 similar vehicles to the tornado stricken areas.

SCE&G is also prepared to send crews to Alabama. The power company has a mutual assistance partnership with other power companies to help during disasters.

"Our first step in that process would be to release our contract crews. For example 10-12, three to four man crews in the Charleston area that would potentially go. We have more throughout our service territory that would be about a total of 120 men that would go and assist with power restoration," said Bill Turner, General Manager of Electric Operation at SCE&G.

The national Red Cross has a way for people to let loved ones know you are safe. People can register on the Safe and Well program at www.redcross.org, to leave messages to let others know they are okay.

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