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Metro woman describes waiting to hear from parents in Moore, Okla.

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Updated: 5/21/2013 5:49 pm
ATLANTA -- Metro Atlantans with family in Oklahoma are paying particular attention to new developments coming out of the areas affected by Monday's storm.

Also, many organizations are gearing up to send help to the Oklahoma City area.

The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief told Channel 2's 2 Amy Napier Viteri that in the coming days it will send mobile command centers to Oklahoma to help with relief efforts there.

A supply truck will be leaving Tuesday afternoon as well.

Viteri also talked with a metro Atlanta woman who grew up in Moore, Okla., one of the hardest hit areas from Monday's storm. She told Viteri about the tense moments waiting to find out her parents were OK.

"My heart it was pounding, pounding so hard," said Sandra Fairies who watched with the rest of the country as the huge tornado barreled through Moore at speeds of 200 mph.

Fairies' parents' home is blocks from the worst damage. Thirty-eight worry-filled minutes passed before they were able to tell her they were OK.

"I was just concerned that the house had fallen down around them because the news people said that it hit right at their subdivision," Faires told Viteri.

Faires said she's lived through three tornadoes. She remembers the damage from the deadly 1999 twister. But watching the terrifying images live and not being there with her loved ones was different.

"To actually see it and the video pictures of it, it's more terrifying knowing you've got loved ones in it," Faires said.

Most disturbing was this damage to a local elementary school where the storm killed at least seven children. Many of Faires' former classmates now have grandkids at the school. She's waiting to hear if they're OK.

"When a tornado like this drops down you literally just have to start from scratch and you go from 0 to 100 mph in about 10, 15 seconds," said Fritz Wilson with the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief.

Wilson said relief efforts for the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief began immediately. Crews will fill a truck with roofing supplies and water Tuesday morning and head for Oklahoma.

Faires, a former Delta employee, is also trying to fly to Oklahoma to volunteer.

"Being that close to it yet so far away makes it even harder you just want to be there to help," Faires said.

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