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     The slow-moving storm system that impacted a large section of the U.S. is winding down. Since Sunday, at least 38 people have died as a result of the tornadoes, flooding, wind and rain. Now, several local Red Cross workers are on their way to help those dealing with the devastation.

     Roger Loesch left from the airport in Moline on Thursday for Jackson, Mississippi. Just one of numerous areas ravaged by severe weather this week where people are in need of shelter, food, and other assets for recovery.

     Those are the immediate needs after storms flattened buildings and left dozens dead in several states. People who were in the path of the huge system will soon start picking up the pieces.

     "It's just what we live in and the weather systems continue to do this and by knowing this people can be better prepared," said Loesch.

     Loesch says newer technology is playing a role in better preparedness. The new Red Cross tornado app can send alerts for weather in your area. After an event like a tornado there's also a function called "safe and well" which can help you notify loved ones you're okay.

     Another tip for preparing for the worst is to have have a 72-hour kit with things like food, water, a blanket, flashlight and first aid.

     "If a major disaster does happen help may not be able to arrive for 72 hours or so. It's best to be self-sufficient as a family," added Loesch. He also recommends always having a 3 to 5 day outlook on what conditions are predicted especially during severe weather season.

     Two other local Red Cross volunteers are being deployed, one of them to Mississippi and the other to Arkansas. Others are on standby in case additional help is requested.

    For more information on weather safety go to http://www.redcross.org/
    
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