Buffalo Native Helps Neighbors Amidst Oklahoma Disaster

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

MOORE, OKLAHOMA. One local Western New Yorker now living in Oklahoma opened up her doors to help her neighbors when the tornado hit.

"Wiith blizzards in Buffalo you can survive in your home, but with a tornado it's going to tear it right down," said Kaylee Baty, Buffalo native now living in Oklahoma. "There is nothing you can do."

There was nothing anyone could do Monday as Mother Nature's wrath caused mass destruction in Oklahoma communities.

Baty lives in Moore, Oklahoma, one of the suburbs hit the hardest by the tornado.

Around the time the severe weather began, Baty, whose husband is now deployed, was home alone with her 2 young children, talking to her concerned mother who lives in Buffalo.

"I was on the phone with her and they said they were going to put on the warning. As soon as I heard that, the sirens started going off," said Baty. "I hung up in a hurry, and brought my kids down to the shelter."

There, she had water, extra batteries, and a radio.

A few minutes later, panic came over her.

"My door started rattling I thought this was it," said Baty. "This is the tornado rattling my door."

However, it wasn't the tornado knocking at her door.

"It turns out it was somebody trying to get into my shelter," said Baty. "Someone pounding at my door and trying to turn my knob. I didn't have anyway to protect my kids as far as someone breaking in. I can hear the panic in his voice. He said 'please I have a 4 year old, let me in'."

So kaylee...let them in.

"They just kept telling me what a blessing I was to open up my door," said Baty.

Together they waited for the tornado to pass, doing their best to keep the young children calm .

Luckily, Baty's home only sustained minor damage.

Monday night, the family is staying indoors and thanking their lucky stars they are alive and safe, but thinking of the others who aren't as fortunate.