Crews could head to Okla. as early as Tuesday

Posted at: 05/20/2013 11:39 PM
Updated at: 05/20/2013 11:41 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Dozens of American Red Cross volunteers across New Mexico will find out as early as Tuesday morning if they will be heading to Oklahoma to help in the recovery efforts.

Meanwhile, people with loved ones in the tornado-ravaged state are desperate to know if their loved ones are OK.

There’s good reason Joan Osborne of Roswell is glued to coverage of the destructive tornado in Moore, Okla.

“I just keep watching the TV and hoping that they show people that they're interviewing maybe, I pray to God maybe my brother and sister in law might pop up there," she said in a phone interview.

Her brother, Donnie Coffman and his family live in Moore.

Osborn said she’s been told her brother’s home, like hundreds of other homes, was leveled by the powerful tornado.

"We have no information about on our family," she said.

As families scramble to find information, dozens of volunteers for the American Red Cross in New Mexico are gearing up to help.

"All of our disaster response volunteers who are available are currently on standby," said Rahim Balsara, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico.

Three emergency response vehicles in Albuquerque are being prepared in case New Mexico is called in to help.

If you are still looking for a loved one, try the American Red Cross’ Safe and Well website. If your loved one registered with a Red Cross shelter their information should be the website. You will need the person’s name, phone number and address to get information. Osborne said she’ll be searching the site hoping good news pops up.

"It's just so sad. It's so heartbreaking," she said of the tragedy.

The last time the Red Cross in New Mexico says it was activated was for Superstorm Sandy.