Local Emergency Crews Ready to Help in Oklahoma

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) The massive destruction caused by Monday's tornado near Oklahoma City is requiring a large-scale response of emergency personnel.

Several people, including children, died when the tornado destroyed schools, homes, and businesses.

"Naturally if we were ever requested, we feel confident that in the western district, the eight counties, we have people who are trained to the highest level and ready willing and able to respond," said Erie County Commissioner of Emergency Services Dan Neaverth.

So far, local emergency and EMS crews have not been asked to help assist in Oklahoma.

"You need to keep people back in reserve because you just never know. The storms move closer this way . . . other incidents happen." added Commissioner Neaverth.

Red Cross officials in Buffalo say it is possible that local Emergency Response Teams could be called into action to help assist Red Cross crews working in Oklahoma.

"Eventually, they are going to need some breaks and some time, and that is when people could end up being deployed down-the-road," added Jay Bonafede, communications coordinator for the American Red Cross in Buffalo.