Tornadoes and Recovery

Posted by Janette on 09/29/2013

Oklahomans are still rebuilding after a horrific tornado season last spring. Each time we suffer a disaster in our state—whether it’s man-made or a terrible force of nature—we hear an often-repeated phrase about “the Oklahoma standard.” We first heard it used after the bombing of the Murrah Building in 1995. We heard it again a few months ago after vicious twisters struck central Oklahoma and shoved entire neighborhoods off their foundations. The deaths of school children at Plaza Towers Elementary School have forced a very public discussion about why so many Oklahoma  schools don’t have storm shelters. LISTEN NOW

Mick Cornett and Harold Brooks
Harold Brooks
 is a research meteorologist and senior scientist at the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman. He and Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett serve on a task force looking at the issues of safety and shelter in our public schools. 

There is perhaps no other city in the state with more experience dealing with natural disasters than Moore, Oklahoma—it’s as if that community has a “target” on its back. Mother Nature has unleashed deadly, churning winds on that suburban city all too frequently. As this new school year gets underway, there are vivid reminders of the physical and emotional scars on Moore school children, parents, teachers and administrators. 

Dr. Robert Romines
Dr. Robert Romines
 is the Superintendent of Moore Public Schools and Amy SimpsonAmy Simpson, Principal of Plaza Towers Elementary is the principal of Plaza Towers Elementary—which was leveled by an F-5 tornado last May.  

In light of all the storms that have ravaged our state recently, here's a quote that reaffirms "the Oklahoma standard." It's from Japanese author, Haruki Murakami: “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about."

That's a lesson Oklahomans may know better than most. 
-Debra Martin, Producer-

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September 2013 - Program 301
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