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ArkLaTex groups rush to send aid to Oklahoma

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Reid Brau of the American Red Cross says volunteers to Oklahoma will be the eyes and ears of the Red Cross in Oklahoma. Reid Brau of the American Red Cross says volunteers to Oklahoma will be the eyes and ears of the Red Cross in Oklahoma.
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CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

As the ArkLaTex braced for a return of storms on Tuesday, a number of local organizations were focused on the help needed in Oklahoma.

A team from the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross is in Moore, Oklahoma in response to storms that devasted the area on Monday.

Three emergency response vehicles and six disaster staff workers will spend the next two weeks in the area.

Workers have been instructed to "once they get there, be the eyes and ears of the Red Cross," says Reid Brau, a Red Cross volunteer.

Another Red Cross volunteer team might be deployed to do case work in the Oklahoma area. They will also be on hand should the ArkLaTex need attention.

A Marshall, Texas funeral home with ties to Oklahoma City is gathering supplies to take for victims there.

Sullivan Funeral Home in Harrison County already has loaded up trucks of supplies to send to victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

Funeral home operators say they would accept supplies from the public to send to Oklahoma, including bottled water, Gatorade, wipes, diapers, baby formula, work gloves and hand towels. You can drop off your donations at the funeral home's location at 100 East Travis Street in Marshall or call (903) 938-7777.

Sullivan is set to take another round of donations to Oklahoma this weekend.

But authorities say that, no matter how much you are willing to help, don't just show up in Oklahoma.

The Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security warns volunteers not to self-deploy. Representatives say several people wanting to help are showing up to disaster sits with no collaborated efforts.

They say the best way to help is through a collaborative response, so people are directed when and where they are needed and where their skill will be most effective.

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