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Oklahoma tornado: Survivors' tales from eye of the storm

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 5,208
Oklahoma tornado: Survivors' tales from eye of the storm­

A week on from the tornado which killed 24 people and devastated neighbourhoods in Moore, residents are still assessing the damage.

Here, survivors reflect on their experiences, in video, of when the 200 mph wind battered their homes in the Oklahoma City suburb.
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 5,209
OpOK Update: Oklahoma Relief
occupy oklahoma relief­­

GIVE, Here...
List of Food Banks, Disaster Relief Numbers, Shelters, Medical Clinics, Clothing Assistance:­­

Second Harvest Food Bank
Address: 2805 Salt Springs Rd, Youngstown, OH 44509, United States
Phone:+1 330-792-5522

Benefit raises $6 million for Oklahoma tornado victims - USA­ic/.../oklahoma-tornado...6.../2374075/
12 mins ago – Oklahoma may be a bit more OK after Wednesday night's Healing in the Heartland benefit concert, which raised more than $6 million in ...

Oklahoma tornado benefit concert unites nation's music stars | Reuters­sa-tornadoes-concert-idUSBRE94T...
18 hours ago – OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Music stars from across the nation joined forces in Oklahoma on Wednesday in a benefit concert for victims of the ...

News for oklahoma tornado

CBS News' Can't we get a break?' Oklahoma on tornado alert again
Los Angeles Times ‎- 1 hour ago
HOUSTON -- Tornado warning sirens were sounding again in central Oklahoma on Thursday, prompting residents and those aiding recovery ...Tornado touches down in northwest Oklahoma
CBS News‎ - 2 hours agoOklahoma under tornado warnings and watches as turbulent weather again takes aim at state
New York Daily News‎ - 4 hours ago

Food Bank Ships Supplies to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

WKBN/WYFX-TV ‎- 2 days ago
Food Bank Ships Supplies to Oklahoma Tornado Victims ... affected by the devastating tornado that swept through Moore, Okla. last week.­

The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is pitching in to help those affected by the devastating tornado that swept through Moore, Okla. last week.

The food bank loaded Nabisco Snack Mix and energy drinks totaling 18,000 pounds into a truck on Tuesday to take to the area. They snacks were recently donated from Nabisco.

“We’ve been asked as a network of Feeding America’s Network to find some products that we have in our stock that’s ready to eat and easy to consume,” said Second Harvest Executive Director Michael Iberis.

Iberis said food banks make extra efforts to help its counterparts during emergencies. The snacks are headed to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

“The people in Moore, right now, they need it,” Iberis said. “It’s the right thing to do. And we can count on the fact that they’re going to help us if we have need help in the Feeding America Network.”

Second Harvest Warehouse Manager William Lusk said he loaded the snacks by himself. He said the last time they shipped out this many supplies was 10 years ago.

“I know we make a difference,” Lusk said. “That’s why we’re here.”
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 5,210
Occupy OKC Protester found dead
Video of Street Poet performing, shot by his friends at the park

Police say they received a call at 2:51 from the Occupy OKC encampment at Kerr Park reporting a dead body. Protesters tell OKC.NET that the deceased is a young homeless man from Florida who went by the name “Street Poet”. As of now his full name and cause of death have not been released. Police have launched an investigation.

5:35 pm Monday- Occupy OKC posted the following statement on their facebook page:

“ALL EVENTS TONIGHT FOR OCCUPY OKC ARE CANCELLED. We are taking today to remember our friend and comrade lost to us over the night. Let’s be respectful tonight and have a quiet remembrance.”

UPDATE: 6:30 pm Monday- Official press release from Occupy OKC:

“Occupy OKC is saddened by the passing of one of the participants camping at Kerr Park in Oklahoma City earlier this afternoon. Known simply as “The Poet,” he was a very friendly and outgoing person. Known to be homeless, Occupy OKC provided him with food, clothing, and shelter.

At a Candlelight Vigil last night to honor first responders, The Poet delivered a powerful poetic commentary about the complexities of homelessness and drug abuse, and the system’s failure to adequately deal with these issues. The Poet was found dead in his tent at Kerr Park earlier this afternoon by other participants. Police and emergency personnel were immediately contacted.

Occupy OKC is withholding information concerning The Poet’s identity pending notification of his family by authorities. Police are currently at the scene investigating his cause of death which is presently unknown and Occupy OKC is in full cooperation with their investigation. Occupy OKC has been actively cooperating with the Oklahoma City Police Department to ensure the safety of all participants at the Kerr Park occupation."

Questions Demand Answers in Dane Scott Jr. Shooting­
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 5,211
Occupy Oklahoma Relief­

City of Moore:
301 N Broadway St, Moore, OK73160
(405) 793-5000

Drop off points:

via Occupy Norman: Donations to help tornado victims accepted at Community Action, 1155 E Main, Norman, OK (Across from the Eastside Walmart at 12th and Main. Hours: 8-5.)

Via Mesomotion: 8901 south shields Cross Roads church. Located at nwest corner of seast 89th and shields okc. they are open please bring food water and closing to the gymnasium. they also have a shelter open please start bringing people here and share this.


From Meso: The University of Oklahoma is offering housing for those who have lost their homes in Moore, call- 325-2511­

City Rescue Mission has immediate shelter available for anyone who needs it! 405.232.2709

Food Banks:

Angel Food Ministries: (Nine locations)
-Purchase boxes of fresh food

Ascension Lutheran
3617 SE 29th St Del City, OK 73115

Family Life Assembly of God
12481 NE 23rd St
Choctaw, OK 73020

First Church of the Nazarene
4701 SE 26th St
Del City, OK 73115

Harvest Church
6450 NW 36th Ave
Norman, OK 73072

Hilltop Baptist
11710 SE 149th St
Noble, OK 73068

Holy Trinity Lutheran
308 NW 164th St
Edmond, OK 73013

Living Faith Church
825 NW 24th St
Moore, OK 73160
405-794-3161 or 405-863-8909

Skyridge Free Will Baptist
150 S 48th St
Noble, OK 73068

Wickline United Methodist
417 Mid America Blvd
MWC, OK 73110

Christian Service Center
115 SW 24th St
OKC, OK 73109
M-F 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
-Referral required
-Food & clothes provided tri-monthly

City Church
136 NW 10th St
OKC, OK 73106
M-Th 9:00 am -5:00 pm

Good Shepherd Ministries
222 NW 12th St
OKC, OK 73106
M-F 9:00 am – 11:30 am
M-F 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
-Food Pantry provided monthly
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 5,212

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 5,213
"It is irresponsible not to discuss climate change in this context..." Kevin Trenberth, Senior Scientist, National Centre for Atmospheric Research
"The environment in which all storms form has changed owing to human activities."
Kevin Trenberth, 2011 on attribution of extremes to climate change.

Seeking Clarity on Terrible Tornadoes in a Changing Climate
May 22, 2013
As I explained earlier this week, questions related to any impact of human-driven global warming on tornadoes, while important, have almost no bearing on the challenge of reducing human vulnerability to these killer storms. The focus on the ground in Oklahoma, of course, will for years to come be on recovery and rebuilding — hopefully with more attention across the region to developing policies and practices that cut losses the next time. (With this in mind, please read John Schwartz’s great feature, “Why No Safe Room to Run To? Cost and Plains Culture.”)

The vulnerability is almost entirely the result of fast-paced, cost-cutting development patterns in tornado hot zones, and even if there were a greenhouse-tornado connection, actions that constrain greenhouse-gas emissions, while wise in the long run, would not have a substantial influence on climate patterns for decades because of inertia in the climate system.

Some climate scientists see compelling arguments for accumulating heat and added water vapor fueling the kinds of turbulent storms that spawn tornadoes. But a half century of observations in the United States show no change in tornado frequency and a declining frequency of strong tornadoes. [Update | The meteorological conditions that shaped events in recent days are nicely explored by Henry Fountain of The Times.]

Does any of this mean global warming is not a serious problem? No.

A family emerges after the tornado struck Moore, Okla., where shelters are optional, and rare.


It just means assertions that all weird bad weather is, in essence, our fault are not grounded in science and, as a result, end up empowering those whose prime interest appears to to be sustaining the fossil fuel era as long as possible. I was glad to see the green blog Grist acknowledge as much.

On Tuesday, I sent the following query to a range of climate scientists and other researchers focused on extreme weather and climate change:

The climate community did a great service to the country in 2006 in putting out a joint statement [from some leading researchers] on the enormous human vulnerability in coastal zones to hurricanes — setting aside questions about the role of greenhouse-driven warming in changing hurricane patterns….

In this 2011 post I proposed that climate/weather/tornado experts do a similar statement for Tornado Alley.

I’d love to see a similar statement now from meteorologists, climatologists and other specialists studying trends in tornado zones. Any takers?

Before you dive in to the resulting discussion, it’s worth reading Andrew Freedman’s helpful Climate Central piece, “Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context,” and a Daily Beast post by Josh Dzieza. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has posted a helpful new fact sheet, “Tornadoes, Climate Variability, and Climate Change.”

Update; Robert Kunzig of National Geographic has written an excellent overview of tornadoes and greenhouse warming. The blogging meteorologist Jeff Masters has posted a thorough exploration of climate change and tornadoes.
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 5,214
Awkward interview as Wolf Blitzer asks an atheist if she"thanked the lord" after narrowly surviving a massive Tornado in Oklahoma on May 21, 2013
Wolf Blitzer interviews an atheist after May 2013 Oklahoma tornado

Top Comments

g1o2r3d4o5n6 1 week ago

Why would you thank the lord if you believe he created the tornado in the first place? Christian logic. Lol!
Reply · 12

CandyLaStar 1 week ago

no she is pretty smart no reason to believe in fake magical men fly on clouds

See 47:40 -50:01­

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