Texas sends rescue teams to Oklahoma

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by FOTI KALLERGIS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

kvue.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

AUSTIN -- Texas is responding to the deadly tornado in Oklahoma City as nearly 100 rescue experts and first responders make their way to the epicenter.

On Monday Governor Rick Perry ordered an 84-member search and rescue team from Texas Task Force One to go to Oklahoma. That team includes 70 first responders who specialize in victim extraction and medical treatment.

The team also includes K-9's, communication specialists and structural engineers. The Austin Fire Department also deployed five of its crew members.

A spokeswoman for the Red Cross said everyone in Austin is on standby Tuesday, including hundreds of volunteers and nearly a dozen Red Cross trailers and trucks.

The Red Cross is asking for donations by texting the word "RedCross" to 90999. The text allows you to make a $10 donation to the victims of the Moore tornado.

For a list of ways to help victims in Oklahoma click here.

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