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      Local volunteers ready to respond if needed in Oklahoma

      Local Red Cross volunteers are ready to respond if they're needed in Oklahoma.

      Local Red Cross volunteers are ready to respond if they're needed in Oklahoma.

      According to Kevin Bavers of the Red Cross of Northwest Michigan, there are currently four shelters open in Oklahoma. Bavers said there are also 25 Emergency Response vehicles providing mobile feeding services.

      The local chapter of the Red Cross has placed volunteers on standby and will be ready to respond with volunteer support if they're needed. The current volunteer base is 25-30 people. During the tragedy in Joplin, the local Red Cross sent eight volunteers for 2-3 weeks. During Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, 14 volunteers were sent out east.

      Bavers said the situation in Oklahoma will likely be a "long-term sheltering situation," so volunteers may be needed in the coming weeks to send relief volunteers to replace those currently working.

      To donate to the relief fund, visit the Red Cross online.