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Local Man Going To Help Tornado Victims
When Christian Callaway saw the news of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado Monday he called the man who trained him in Red Cross work and asked whether he was watching the news.
"And he said, 'I'll be there Wednesday - what's your availablilty?"
On Friday evening, Callaway was in his Ravena apartment packing for a two-and-a-half-week stay in Oklahoma, getting ready for a 6 a.m. flight out of Albany.
"All the shelters, warehouses and administrative offices have to have someone to make sure paperwork is done right," explains Callaway, "and after all of that is done, I go back making sure they have supplies, everything that they need so they can function at 100% to help out the clients."
Callaway grew up in Texas and recalls seeing the aftermath of tornados there. It's his first time responding to a tornado disaster with the Red Cross. He expects to see some of the people whose neighborhoods and homes have been wiped out.
"When I'm on disasters, clients come up to me...thinking I'm client casework or mental health," he says. "Sometimes all they need is a hug and that's really pretty much the best thing I can do besides making sure the paperwork's signed."