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Local Red Cross volunteer helping in tornado relief

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Over the past several days, 95 confirmed tornadoes and violent storms have ripped through 11 Midwestern and Southern states, leaving a path of destruction and fatalities, as well as dozens of communities without power, food and water.  These storms destroyed hundreds of homes and left many without power. 

A Red Cross leader from Sioux City is already in tornado-ravaged Henryville, Indiana. 

Tuesday, Penni Pokorney of Waterloo will head to Louisville, Kentucky to help with relief efforts there.  Pokorney spent 18 years as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse, and now works in a medical office.  Last fall, she signed up to volunteer for the Red Cross because she missed the ICU's intensity.  And Pokorney's only been back in Iowa for a few weeks, just returning from Red Cross deployment to tornado-stricken areas of Alabama.

"I mean it was great.  I can't say more for the experience.  You know, I got home and I was ready to go again.  It's such a good feeling," Pokorney said.

Pokorney will be providing medical aid and emotional support to tornado victims in Kentucky.  She's not sure how long she will be deployed.  But Pokorney encourages fellow Iowans to support Red Cross relief efforts by volunteering, donating money or blood.

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