Oklahoma tornado: Arizona FEMA team ready to help if needed

PHOENIX - Arizona's rescue and recovery team for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are on standby if they are called to help in Oklahoma.

A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods.

That teams includes Jerry Johnson, a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department.

"Seeing it on TV doesn't do it justice" said Johnson.

Johnson, who helped FEMA during 9/11, says crews will divide up into small teams and search block by block, building by building. The first sweep will be fairly fast, then will be followed by a second, more methodical search.

They are looking and listening for any signs of life using high tech equipment and old fashion man power.

Johnson thinks that if the Arizona team is called, it wouldn't be for a few days to relieve crews already there.

He thinks they would be needed for more for recovery than for rescues.

"We don't do this for money and we don't live in big houses, we do this because we want to help people."

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