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Local man aids in tornado relief

Local man aids in tornado relief

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By: Chelsea Priest

Over 100 tornadoes were reported this week across the Southeast. Over 400 people stayed in Red Cross shelters Tuesday night and nearly 9,000 meals have been served so far. Many cities and towns have been left with devastating and deadly damage.

Walter Wasowski, a Red Cross volunteer explains, "If you've never seen what a tornado does, it's incredible, I mean literally matchsticks."

It's that damage that he is going to survey as a volunteer once again, going on, "damage assessment teams are the first ones down there basically to get the true scope of the disaster."

The Middletown man has been deployed 6-8 times with the Red Cross and has also volunteered with local disasters. He's giving the aid that we may need ourselves one day. Rhode Island Red Cross branch Executive Director, Paula Montgomery explains, "we're getting ready, one month from today we are into hurricane season, so we could be at one point the beneficiary of other communities or other states resources as well."

Walt is headed for Mississippi where he will be deployed for about two weeks. On all his deployments, it's the spirit of the people he's helping that really impacts him. Saying, "you're going out and you're providing assistance for these people and they've lost everything and they come up to you and they ask you how you're doing."

He's the only Rhode Island deploying so far but the Red Cross has hundreds of volunteers helping.

If you are interested in helping you can call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit www.redcross.org
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