Gov. Fallin: Moore Will Be Rebuilt


Tuesday, May 21st 2013, 2:28 pm
By: News 9


Gov. Mary Fallin vowed Moore would be rebuilt after a deadly tornado tore across the Oklahoma City suburb, destroying homes, schools and businesses.

At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that hit Monday afternoon around 3 p.m.

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During a Tuesday news conference, Fallin said she doesn't know how many people are still missing following the tornado. She said the primary goal for emergency responders is to continue searching through the debris for possible survivors.

Fallin said the city would rebuild and regain its strength. She urged people affected by the tornado to contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA for help. People can also log onto to disasterassistance.gov to register for help.

The governor also revealed the state had started a website to help guide people through this tragedy: OKStrong.ok.gov.

A website has also been set up to help people reunite with their lost pets. The website is okclostpets.com.

Hospital officials say they've treated hundreds of patients, including dozens of children, since the tornado hit. About 60 patients remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Norman Regional Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Herron says 20 of the more than 100 patients her hospital treated remain hospitalized.

Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot says about 20 of the 90 patients seen at Integris Southwest Medical Center also remain in the hospital.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says his hospital has treated 93 people, including 59 children. Twenty remained hospitalized Tuesday, including four adults who were treated after Sunday's storms.

St. Anthony Hospital spokeswoman Sandra Payne says her hospital and affiliated facilities have seen 36 patients, including 14 children. Three children were transferred elsewhere. All other patients there were being released.