Local Red Cross first responders heading to Oklahoma

PSL man has been to more than a dozen disasters

Mike Molyneux scans through the pictures on his computer.

 

It's a tragic travel guide of burned out neighborhoods and tornado flattened communities.

 

He stops at a picture of a flooded subway tunnel.

 

"New York. I was up there for Sandy doing damage assessment up there," Molyneux said.

 

Now Molyneux is packing up again, this time to Oklahoma.

 

He's a Disaster Assessment Manager for the American Red Cross. The former marine corps veteran started with the agency in 1995.

 

"The VA told me, 'you're not going to be able to build houses anymore so I got bored sitting around not doing anything," Molyneux said smiling.

 

He's been especially busy recently, having been deployed 4 times in the last 2 years, including right in Vero Beach, when tornadoes touched down last summer.

 

"Isaac.. I started here then went to Mississippi after that," Molyneux recalled. 

 

Before heading out Tuesday, his wife made a last trip to the store for a set of walkie-talkies.

 

But of all the things Molyneux will bring to the Midwest, the most important thing isn't necessarily in his luggage.

 

"You have to consider its a job, you try and help people and you can't let your emotions get involved," he said.

 

Molyneux is planning on being gone for at least a week. His goal is to be a picture of calm in the middle of the "post-storm."

 
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