The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 21, 2013

Oklahomans once again help each other after storm

Enid News & Eagle

— The help started coming before Monday’s deadly tornado that devastated Moore had even dissipated.

But, that’s to expected from Oklahomans. We’ve seen it time and time again. When disaster strikes, Oklahomans roll up their sleeves and get busy cleaning up and rebuilding.

From the trained emergency personnel to just ordinary men and women, what we’ve seen in the wake of the tragedy has been anything but ordinary. Rescue workers, friends, neighbors and complete strangers jumped in and started doing what they could for the survivors, those who were safe and those who were trapped in the rubble of their homes, businesses and schools.

From afar, the help started coming, too.

Fire and police departments from Enid, northwest Oklahoma and across the state sent personnel and vehicles to Moore.

Cimarron Valley Chapter of American Red Cross got the word out about what supplies were needed. Enid residents organized drives to collect those supplies.

People donated money.

People gave blood.

People prayed.

The outpouring of concern and assistance is heartwarming.

But, as we said, it’s not unexpected. Oklahomans are a tough people. We’ve dealt with disaster before, and — unfortunately — we’ll deal with disaster again. Oklahomans also are a caring people.

We’ve seen that again with the way they’ve responded to this situation.