SD group plan to help in Oklahoma: How to help victims of Moore, Oklahoma tornado

The San Diego Urban Search and Rescue team prepared Tuesday in case members are asked to go to Oklahoma and help with recovery efforts.

Inside a warehouse at Liberty Station, pallets of boxes and other supplies are being organized in case the team needs to provide assistance.

The 80-member team made up of firefighters, medical staff and equipment technicians are constantly preparing for deployments.

10News spoke with Jesue Arce, who said going to Oklahoma would be his first mission.

Arce said he has tired to prepare for the heart wrenching images he may see there.

“I look at it like it’s a job, but when I get there I might think, that could be my son, or my house that’s destroyed," said Arce.

A representative from the San Diego Salvation Army chapter also told 10News Tuesday that rebuilding efforts could take years for the hard-hit communities in Oklahoma.

If asked to assist in Oklahoma, the Salvation Army plans to step in with teams from across the country to take care of first responders and survivors by providing essentials such as food, water and clothing.

Likewise, the Red Cross will send one person from San Diego to Washington, D.C. to help lead and coordinate relief efforts.

Here's how to help victims in the Oklahoma City area impacted by Monday's deadly tornado:

-The Red Cross: You can help victims by texting REDCROSS to 90999. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS.

-10News Red Cross phone bank: Volunteers will be at 10News studios Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 pm to take donations during a phone bank.

- Salvation Army: To donate you can text STORM to 8088 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army's relief efforts or make a donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

- Operation USA: The program is helping clinics and hospitals replace equipment and supplies. Click here for more information.

-Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund: Contributions can be made online to the Tulsa Community Fund at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.

-VetStreet.com has a list of organizations assisting pets during the disaster.

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