Red Cross: The Movie

Agency produces docudrama to explore aftermath of catastrophic storm

What if  major tornadoes like those that besieged Oklahoma in 1999, converged on North Texas? The Red Cross is putting together a documentary that examines the aftermath.

"Our film is a fictional account of something that has a real probability of happening," said local Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster. "We worked with the National Weather Service and council of governments in looking at the 1999 tornado outbreak over Moore, Oklahoma, setting it on top of Dallas/Ft. Worth and saying, 'What would happen if that occurred in our area?' The reality is catastrophic damage."

The documentary will use video shot by stormtrackers Sam Barricklow, Carson Eads, Tim Marshall and Gene Rhoden. They followed the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak and the resulting damage.

The Red Cross film will show what a community would look like after a catastrophic disaster in an urban area. Actors will dramatize the effects such a disaster would have on real people.

The Red Cross believes 250,000 homes would be impacted, 40,000 people would need emergency shelter, and 14,000 volunteers would be called on to help.

Today, the Red Cross warehouse in Dallas has supplies to help about 8,000 people.

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