Last September, I was especially touched when Moore families were blessed by a tremendous donation from the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, a charity established by a company who tragically lost 658 of their 960 New York employees in the World Trade Center offices on Sept. 11. Representatives from Cantor Fitzgerald traveled to Moore and distributed numerous $1,000 prepaid debit cards to families who had a child in the Moore Public Schools District on May 20 and whose homes were damaged or destroyed.
While our state knows to expect and prepare for the threat of tornadoes each year, it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. Lives are precious and irreplaceable, and we must be cautious in order to avoid casualties in severe weather. Both the National Weather Service and local meteorologists work tirelessly to advise us, and we must continue to listen to their direction in the days ahead. Lives are saved when we develop action plans for weather long before it happens, exercise caution when it does and always heed warnings immediately.
Even though the storms last May were some of the worst we’ve experienced in years, we are pulling through and showing that disaster cannot crush our spirits or break our communities. That is and always will be the Oklahoma way.
Tom Cole, R-Moore, serves as Oklahoma’s 4th District Congressman.