Local volunteers prepare for trip to Oklahoma

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A van from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross A van from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross

Insurance companies and disaster relief organizations in Connecticut are mobilizing to help those picking up the pieces in Oklahoma.

The members of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross said they're staging volunteer teams to find out who is ready and available to go to Oklahoma, if needed.

Two Connecticut volunteers were already being deployed and Eyewitness News they have specific expertise that's needed right now.

The Oklahoma chapter and chapters in the surrounding states are already on the ground doing what they can to help in the midst of all that devastation.

"These folks need our help now and probably for some time to come," said Paul Shipman of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross volunteers will provide food, water, shelter, and a shoulder to cry on. 

Shipman told Eyewitness News they have to be prepared this time of the year.

"Spring often brings extreme weather and we've got tornadoes and flooding," he said. "And we're just glad that we're able to be there through the great work of volunteers."

Hartford's insurance companies were also in full disaster mode. The Traveler's Insurance Company sent two mobile disaster units, which were expected to arrive in Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Officials with The Hartford said they already have a team of adjusters in the midst of this chaos with more on the way.

AT&T had network disaster recovery teams in Connecticut for a week of drill exercises. Now two members have instead been rerouted to the Midwest to help return phone service in Oklahoma.

Red Cross officials say this is how they can respond so quickly with volunteers, and donations from you.

Donations can also be made by heading to the Red Cross website by clicking here. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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