SACRAMENTO -- A member of the Oakland Fire Department is heading to Moore, the tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City suburb where at least two dozen people have died, to help with the recovery and rescue plan, state officials announced Tuesday.
Six specialists from California, including two from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and one each from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Oakland Fire Department, Sacramento Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority will be on the ground Wednesday to help with search and rescue, first aid, hazardous materials, logistics and communications.
Gov. Jerry Brown directed the California Emergency Management Agency to deploy members of California's Urban Search and Rescue teams to assist first responders on the ground.
There have been conflicting reports of people killed in Monday's massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 24 people, including at least nine children, were confirmed dead. About 100 people were pulled from the rubble alive on Tuesday, officials said.
The state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half -- possibly because some people were counted twice in the chaos of the storm -- but warned that the number was likely to climb again and more help is needed, officials said.