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Monday, May 20, 2013

Americans Must Reach Out to Help Tornado Victims in Moore, Oklahoma

United in outreach to meet Oklahoma's needs!

Moore, Oklahoma F4 tornado with 200 mile an hour wind inflicts horror and devastation:  A devastating, mile-wide tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday, killing at least 37 people and decimating homes, businesses and a pair of elementary schools in the suburb of Moore, OK.  According to the state's medical examiner, the death toll was expected to rise.  (Seven of the deaths so far reported are children.)

At times, when this tornado was on the ground, the reports are that it was as much as 2 miles wide, reports Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.  It's a national and an international headline story, because of the devastating randomness of this kind of horrible weather tragedy.

Fortunately, Americans put political differences aside during disasters, but it's truly unfortunate that it takes horrendous incidents to unite us, in times like these.  Obviously, we must stand in support of the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma F4 tornado. Thousands of families are dealing with the grief, and loss of their property, as well as, in many instances, injuries, and death of friends, family members and animals. Victims need help, and we should rally to meet their needs while they work on search, rescue and recovery.

There's no way to prevent tornadoes.  But, we can prevent as much loss of life as possible by creating advance weather bulletins, giving people time to find shelter.  This kind of advanced weather reporting requires investment in advanced scientific meteorology.  There comes a point when government must invest in protection of citizens by creating sophisticated advanced weather reporting systems.  Moreover, people living in tornado zones must comply with safety measures to protect themselves and others, when danger warnings are issued.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of all traumatic weather incidents causing injury, and loss of life, Americans must come together in grief and reach out to support the victims.

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