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Massive Tornado Devastates Moore, Oklahoma

Officials are still in emergency response mode in Moore, Oklahoma, where on Monday an enormous tornado, a mile or more wide, ripped through causing massive death and destruction...
May 22, 2013

Officials are still in emergency response mode in Moore, Oklahoma, where on Monday an enormous tornado, a mile or more wide, ripped through causing massive death and destruction.

The giant twister leveled homes, threw cars into the air and destroyed at least two schools. Hospitals are filled with the injured, and authorities reported that many people remained buried in the rubble as rescue workers had difficulty getting through debris-filled streets to reach the suburb of Moore, the site of most of the damage. Officials said that the number of fatalities was likely to increase.

PIA members from around the country are asking what they can do to help. At this moment, with the area still in emergency response and recovery efforts yet to begin, the two best ways to help are to pray, and make a contribution to the American Red Cross or other charities involved in providing aid.

Shortly after the massive tornado hit Moore, PIA National was providing needed disaster response information and tools to PIA of Oklahoma for delivery to affected PIA members and their customers. This included current ACORD loss forms, information on how to apply for FEMA emergency disaster aid grants and some quick tips for the various stages of disaster aftermath and recovery.

As we do for every major catastrophe event, we’ve asked that FEMA modify the required documentation that FEMA requires be filed with aid requests, since much of that documentation will have been destroyed in the tornado.

Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation were planning to head back home from Washington on Tuesday in the aftermath of the devastating Oklahoma tornado. They are Sens. James Inhofe (R-Ok.) and Tom Coburn (R-Ok.), and Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Ok.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Ok.), Frank Lucas (R-Ok.), Tom Cole (R-Ok.), and James Lankford (R-Ok.).

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