Round after round of severe and deadly weather in the Show-Me State is keeping local affiliates of the American Red Cross very busy.

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Press release from the Red Cross:

Volunteers from the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross began deploying Wednesday to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Joplin.

Two volunteers trained in damage assessment left Wednesday and reported to the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter in Joplin.

One chapter volunteer assigned to disaster mental health deployed to the area Thursday.

Both of the chapter’s emergency response vehicles (ERVs) will be going to Joplin. The ERV based in Jefferson City will be staffed by two people from Holts Summit. Two Mexico residents will drive the ERV stationed at the Mid Mo office in Columbia.

Deployments for the seven volunteers will last at least two weeks.

The chapter, which includes 21 counties in Mid-Missouri, has been on stand-by since Monday.

Chapter officials expect more local volunteers will deploy to Joplin as emergency personnel on the scene assess needs.