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Fourm staff reports, Published May 20 2013

Local emergency crews may go to Okla.

FARGO – Emergency response crews from the metro area may be heading to Oklahoma in the next few days to assist residents there as they try to recover in the aftermath of a massive tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon.

Brian Shawn, regional communications officer for the Minn-Kota chapter of the American Red Cross said Monday that about 30 American Red Cross emergency response crews were already en route to Oklahoma.

Ten to 15 more crews will likely be put on “standby.”

While Shawn said the Minn-Kota region had not received any requests for response as of 11 p.m., he suspected regional crews would be asked to stand by, likely by morning.

“It certainly is possible we are going to send (a volunteer team) in the future,” Shawn said.

Shawn said the Minn-Kota region has the most emergency response vehicles per capita due to the high number of natural disasters in this area.

F-M Ambulance is also in standby mode, according to media reports.

The Minn-Kota chapter of the American Red Cross office is in Fargo and serves all of North Dakota and 10 counties in Western Minnesota.