The one advantage that the city had after the May 20 tornado was social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. In 1999, Eddy made several trips to Oklahoma City television stations to deliver useful information such as debris removal.
“We did none of that this time, it was all through the web page, Facebook, Twitter and our own cable broadcast that we do. It was very important. It’s a good way for people to find out about how things are going from afar,” Eddy said. “My daughter lives in Washington, D.C. She tried to get a hold of me, and tried to get a hold of me, and did minutes before the storm hit. Right after that she couldn’t. At that time I didn’t know if we were going to get hit or not. She got ahold of me finally, I think through a text. She posted a Facebook message and that’s how my wife found out that I was OK.”
Although it’s hard not to think of the past, Eddy tries to look forward at the positives he sees everyday, like the allocation of HUD disaster recover funds.
“I’m hopeful that in the next six months we’ll be able to get some of those funds coming into the community. We’ve not completely decided what we are going to be doing with those funds. We’ve got some ideas and it’s going to make a tremendous positive impact on the community,” Eddy said.
There’s also Moore’s two parks, Veterans Memorial Park and Little River Park, which will soon be built back up.
“I’m excited and anxious about getting those parks up and running,” Eddy said.