Local volunteers gear up to offer aid to Oklahoma tornado victims

Dozens are dead and the toll is expected to rise after a tornado almost two miles wide cut through several towns outside of Oklahoma City.

Dozens are dead and the toll is expected to rise after a tornado almost two miles wide cut through several towns outside of Oklahoma City.

Dozens are dead and the toll is expected to rise after a tornado almost two miles wide cut through several towns outside of Oklahoma City. (5/20/13)

EDISON - Dozens are dead and the toll is expected to rise after a tornado almost two miles wide cut through several towns outside of Oklahoma City.

The tornado has been categorized as an EF4, with winds estimated between 166 and 200 miles per hour.

Volunteers in New Jersey are already gearing up to respond to Oklahoma, as many from across the country came to New Jersey when Sandy struck.

The American Red Cross says immediate aid will likely come from volunteers in surrounding areas. Their first priority will be to set up shelters, and bringing relief supplies into the affected areas.

"The human resources will be of great need and if we get the call, people in New Jersey will be there to respond," Dianne Concannon, spokesperson for the Central Jersey chapter of the Red Cross says, "Just as people of Oklahoma were here during Sandy."

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