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Down in Oklahoma that was that the governor.
That this state has ever face that.
It in the midst of tragedy and loss of life we've also seen that resilience and courage and strength -- our people.
And we will get through this we will have a plan and -- -- and now we -- our strength.
Our hearts and prayers are certainly win those that lost their loved ones.
It has been a very very hard experience -- heartbreaking experience especially the loss of children.
And the schools themselves in those who haven't been able to find their loved ones are still waiting to hear.
-- and we frankly don't even know yet if there are still missing people but they're still may be.
So are our first and foremost.
In -- emergency and and goal is to have rescue and recovery.
To make sure that we covered every piece of debris I got through every.
-- -- -- He's Atlantis out to see if there might be someone that survived the storm more hours experienced some injuries -- south.
I had the opportunity few moments ago to take an aerial term to fly along the path as attorney Louis south.
It is very why it is hard to look at.
Because there's so much victory on the ground -- south in many places homes were absolutely.
Destroyed taken away just sticks and Hendrix basically.
It's hard to tell there's -- -- there are not begin some of the major neighborhoods you can't.
Tell where the streets -- -- street signs are gone and it's been a big challenge for us as being determined.
Which area you might be in because -- just the streets are just -- science which is gone.
So we've been working very hard to you identify various areas that need.
-- his theory why this storm itself it's about twenty miles long.
-- -- -- met these two miles in width is out we flew over at the schools and got season that terrible destruction.
Schools themselves certainly the business community and and that.
Friends and neighbors that lost their homes and it -- be -- very sad about.
I want to personally thank administrator if you gave it has joined us here with FEMA.
They have done a superb job in working with our city and state and federal.
Leaders here we appreciate you -- we appreciate your very prompt.
Response and answering our disaster declaration for state.
And giving his approval on that -- -- administrator not only did we have a storm passed through yesterday but we also had.
Storms -- also want -- lost homes and businesses on Sunday.
This storm action at the end of world cruises his state of Oklahoma.
So thank you for your assistance.
I also had a second phone call a few moments ago from President Obama.
Once again reiterating that -- -- is here to help.
Bringing you resources to bear help -- man -- red tape that he might wiedmeyer ran across.
And several other cabinet secretaries -- called.
Also to express their partners and offer assistance.
And we really appreciate all the -- that has -- analysts say a word to all -- first responders.
So many -- fire police.
The office of emergency management director Albert Cashman and his team and coordinating on the state level.
Thank you very very match and job well done.
To help so many people that are in need his band -- and -- Tragedy for the state and it's not easy to handle something this magnitude I know that many people have worked around the clock.
And -- an extremely long hours under very dangerous circumstances helping our fellow oklahomans and we're very grateful for all of.
-- I wanted to give you -- a couple of updates on on some things.
We have what's called a unified command led by the more.
-- department they have done a superb job and working with their local officials here and certainly with our state and federal officials.
They have a plan they're.
Going in there implementing the plan and they -- been suggest today.
I've been to their command headquarters at -- and then organize -- various teams may have had the man and the city itself both -- and Oklahoma City.
Wish they'd been sitting out various teams in determining what their most important need is at that particular moment so.
Thank you in and job well done to the command team -- -- At 9 AM this morning I brought together all my cabinet secretaries from my various -- of my agency's.
Or the state of Oklahoma we had a thorough meeting going through each division -- stay in -- -- talking about the current needs and challenges facing.
The state of Oklahoma.
We want to encourage anyone that is currently still in need in our state to call 180621.
If he needs services if you need some type of help -- -- the community needs some help our department needs some help.
They've also set up a state web site that people can go to get current information.
To look at.
Current -- services that are available and.
Be able to respond to the state government it is they have the web site is okay strong.
And that -- website we'll have.
We'll be updated throughout the day and throughout.
This time it's actually get through this.
They -- also be yeah.
Legislation that we are working on right now and the Oklahoma senate and the house that will be a legislative vehicle.
To be able to tap our state rainy day savings account.
To set up an emergency fund for the state to be able to match federal dollars.
And also help our local communities.
Are in need services and spending right now.
Lot of committees are tapping their local resources certainly our personnel -- working overtime.
And there are a lot of departments that are having to utilize some other funding and it'll also help us win matching some of the individuals who won't.
Applause for the federal assistance on the individual -- -- have -- things and to help reimburse these local communities.
I've also signed an executive order that won't -- the weight limits for utilities that are coming into the state and working within -- -- I'll weight and -- to help get power back restored and yet -- essentially utility services.
Flowing again we have.
Many different areas throughout the states that without much electricity.
And of course we've been without water in this and local area.
The city itself and and water pressure is actually low in Oklahoma City to me as my bar power supplies says -- affected more than.
The water plants.
I am aware that we have some state employees.
That have been affected by the -- -- -- throughout the states.
Only this one bad -- in previous days and so for state employees.
That have lost their homes and I'm not aware of any of them have lost -- he loved ones that.
If -- worked through their agency hand we are going to give our state police have been affected fifteen days of administrative leave.
So they won't have to take their vacation leave it there safely to be able to get back on their feet and to take care of their personal needs.
I visited with our secretary of health and human services.
We haven't been working and with our local hospitals and nursing associations.
And also this state funeral directors.
And we have plenty capacity and our hospital to take those that have been injured.
We estimate there been around 237.
Injuries so far that we -- -- That have shown that there -- various facilities we also are working to set -- mental health counseling centers.
In our various shelters and won't be working to establish -- 800 number for those -- needs counseling that have lost loved ones aren't just.
Face on some.
Stress from all this time going on we don't have any firm members on the number at dance that we have experience.
We eat we know that there are people that -- and bodies have been taken to the medical Examiner's office that we have also hurt.
That there may -- bodies that have been taken to local funeral homes and so.
We are working real hard right now to try to get more accurate count -- the loss of lives and we have to have better numbers on man.
Our Department of Transportation.
Has pulled together.
And over 400 people throughout the state that are on standby.
To -- in -- various bulldozers and equipment.
Women time happens that we need -- it began the process of helping to clear the roads better.
Certainly two keep those safe and when we will be certainly allowing people to do with the need to do you get there.
-- -- -- Possessions.
Through the lost property that they had experienced bad.
We will also have the resources available to -- Hamilton began clearing at some point in time in the future.
-- -- he is working very hard to restore power.
We have had a 38000 residents at this point in time there without power 20000 and more in Oklahoma City.
And so we're working to get that power back up.
When the other challenges that we face throughout this time period has been problems with communications -- cell service and -- telephone lines have been down.
And AT&T and Verizon has set up some mobile.
This to allow better communication.
At forest the Department of Agriculture forestry has also brought in heavy equipment to help.
When the time again -- and debris clearing.
And I just want to add that for those that are calling him.
Offering help and resources.
Please make contact with our various charities -- the Red Cross for donations or volunteer help.
And also with the Salvation Army they're the best source right -- to give information to.
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