Colorado offers resources to help after Moore, Oklahoma tornado

DENVER - Colorado's government is offering assistance to Oklahoma after a massive tornado devastated the town of Moore Monday afternoon.

Eric Brown, a spokesman for Governor John Hickenlooper, said the administration had offered assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. So far, however, no assistance has been requested.

Brown added that the Governor's office has fielded offers for assistance from Colorado residents and non-governmental organizations.

The local branch of the Red Cross will be sending one staff member from Denver to Oklahoma City Tuesday, according to spokeswoman Patricia Billinger.

"I am certain that we’ll need public support. Even before the tornado this afternoon, we were responding to over 26 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa – in addition to continuing to help families affected by last week’s storms in Texas," Billinger said.

Overall, the national Red Cross has established one shelter in Moore so far and reports that more than 25 emergency response vehicles were positioned to move in on Tuesday morning.

She said donations can be made at http://www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

The Salvation Army has also told 7NEWS that they have staff on standby.