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Red Cross helping Seminole tornado victims

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Donalsonville- Red Cross crews have two different operations underway in Seminole County to help the victims of the tornados that tore through Southwest Georgia.

     One is a "mass care" effort. That's where the Red Cross provides food and drinks to victims and emergency workers. The other operation is run by a disaster specialist. He or she assesses the victims' needs, then goes over the best options. Red Cross workers say the most crucial time for assistance is now. "The 72 hours after the disaster are the most important, making sure they have somewhere to be, making sure they know we're available to assist them, making sure they know the resources are there to help get them back on their feet," says Georgia Wiregrass Chapter Director, Melinda Friddell.

     Right now, the Red Cross is in its clean up phase. That's where they patrol the worst hit areas and provide immediate, hands-on help.

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