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Utah volunteers in Oklahoma to help tornado victims

Posted at 10:17 PM, Jun 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 00:17:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The American Red Cross sent three more Utahns to Oklahoma Wednesday to help locals recover after a series of tornadoes.

The volunteers are expected to be there for no less than two weeks, and they only got 24 hours to pack their things and book a ticket.

Red Cross Volunteer Clifton Taylor, 19, is from Provo, and he said he’s ready to help, even though he didn’t get much advance notice for the trip. He said the recovery efforts may take some time.

“I think of this disaster as comparing it to a marathon and not a sprint,” he said. “The Red Cross will be there until no longer needed. So we want to clarify that and make sure people are aware of that.”

The three volunteers from Utah will be working in the area of client casework, and they will be meeting with survivors one-on-one to determine their needs.