Death toll from southern tornadoes rises to 37

Death toll from southern tornadoes rises to 37

"It's devastation, and we ask that you just keep us in your prayers," said Brandi Benen, who lost her home in Mayflower, AR.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – At least 22 local volunteers are on-call, Wednesday, after The American Red Cross issued an update on the Midwest tornadoes. 

The statement asserted that more than 75 million people are still in danger from the tornadoes.

"Our bags are packed, and we're ready to go," said Stan Rosenzweig, Public Affairs Officer with the American Red Cross (Utah region).

Twisters have ripped through the lower Midwest and parts of the South for four days now.  Thousands now sift through rubble they used to call home. 

"It's devastation, and we ask that you just keep us in your prayers," said Brandi Benen, who lost her home in Mayflower, AR. 

The American Red Cross now has several hundred volunteers in seven states.

"We're in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Virginia," said Rosenzweig. 

Volunteers from near-by states went to help first. 

"When the disaster goes beyond a certain limit, and people have to be rotated out, they will next go the larger concentric circle, and at this point, we've been asked to be on standby here in Utah," explained Rosenzweig.  

This outbreak is easily the largest one of the year.  Almost 120 tornadoes have torn through since Sunday, 13 in Alabama alone.

The National Weather Service reported one tornado in Arkansas that was about a half a mile wide.  Roads, everywhere, are still closed. 

"Obviously, as volunteers, we don't want to add to the body count by putting ourselves in harm's way, but when the weather report allows us in, and the local government allows us in, we're providing [volunteer] services," said Rosenzweig.

Volunteers say they are always looking for more help.  Click the link for a list of ways you can get involved:  http://www.redcross.org/support

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