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Red Cross Volunteers Gear Up For Severe Weather Across Region

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The American Red Cross is prepared for the possibility of severe weather this afternoon. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the state has 700 volunteers who handle disasters.

Twenty-five years ago an F5 tornado ripped through Andover and Haysville, killing 17 people. Today there is a threat of another massive spring storm.

Michelle Jantz, director of the Midway Kansas Red Cross, says her organization has hundreds of volunteers ready to respond to disasters in Kansas and throughout the Kansas/Nebraska and Southwest Iowa region.

"We’ve put our volunteers and resources on alert for that entire region," Jantz says.

She says the Red Cross also has medical supplies and food that’s ready to be deployed wherever strong storms might hit.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is warning people of the possibility of tornadoes, urge residents to seek adequate shelter and tune into emergency broadcasts on television and radio.

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