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Red Cross teams from Louisville head to Oklahoma

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One of the American Red Cross emergency response vehicles being prepared to leave for Oklahoma. One of the American Red Cross emergency response vehicles being prepared to leave for Oklahoma.
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Volunteers loading the emergency response vehicle. Volunteers loading the emergency response vehicle.
The inside of the emergency response vehicle. The inside of the emergency response vehicle.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two teams from Louisville's American Red Cross Chapter left Tuesday morning on a 12 hour trip to Oklahoma in response to the destruction left by Monday's massive tornado.

The volunteers have been watching the coverage of the EF-4 tornado that swept through the city of Moore, just outside of Oklahoma City, shredding buildings to their foundation slabs and trapping residents under the rubble.

"I can't wait to get out of here and get down there because I know the need is going to be so massive," said Laurie Jaggers, one of the Louisville volunteers. "I know people are going to be trying to go back to their homes, see what's left of their homes, see what they can get, see what they can recover."

Jaggers has responded to natural disasters for years. She aided in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy. Saying it's hard to look around and not get emotional, Jaggers told WAVE 3 News you have to remember that you're there for someone else.

"You have to separate yourself," said Jaggers. "You have to tell yourself, ‘What I'm doing here is bigger than what my emotions are telling me.' These people need you and they need you to be level headed. They need you to be the one that's stable for them."

The two emergency response vehicles coming from Louisville are specially designed for the job and are fully stocked with weeks' worth of supplies. The days will be long, but the volunteers wouldn't have it any other way.

"You're trying to recover your life, let me help you. You need food. You need water. You need blankets. Let us help you recover."

According to the American Red Cross, the Louisville volunteers could be in Oklahoma for up to three weeks.

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