OKC, Moore Officials Host News Conference; Teachers Share Survival Stories

Friday, May 24th 2013, 4:40 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma City and Moore officials hosted a news conference Friday afternoon to update the public with the latest tornado relief effort in the affected areas.

Complete Coverage: May 2013 Tornado Outbreak

Officials say 85 percent of mail is being delivered in Moore, and 95 percent of mail is being delivered in the Santa Fe area. Moore post office is structurally safe and will begin rebuilding soon. Depending on the zip code, Moore residents can pick up their mail at different stations. Displaced customers will eventually be able to go to 16th and Broadway, with a valid ID, to get set up with a PO Box.

According to Kelly Cain with Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Governor Fallin plans to sign into law, which allocates $45 million of the rainy day fund, to help communities recovering from tornadoes.

Over 3,100 people have registered for FEMA assistance and $1.4 million is being distributed to those people. That includes Carney, Bethel Acres, Shawnee, Little Axe, Newcastle and Moore.

According to John Doak the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, they have received over 14,000 open claims in the last three days related to storm damage.

Mike Patterson, Director of Dept. of Transportation, says I-35 backup is a major problem and he is asking drivers to find alternate routes around Moore area.

Gary Stacey, Cleveland County Commissioner, says a community meeting will be hosted at Pecan Valley Baptist Church on the east side of Cleveland County on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Cherokee Ballard with the Oklahoma Natural Gas says they have restored service to about 240 accounts.

Elizabeth Jones, the Community Development Director for the City of Moore, is asking residents to place debris on the curb.

The Superintendent of the Moore Public Schools also hosted a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday. Several teachers, who were credited with saving their students as the tornado hit, shared their stories of survival.

Click on the videos above to watch the news conference, as well as the teachers' stories.