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-- allied to the president speaking in Moore Oklahoma and what once were lost.
And that was true for the parents of some of the children here.
-- -- plaza towers elementary school.
There -- a number of people I want us especially thank because they've they engaged in some heroic efforts.
In dealing with this disaster first of all governor -- -- Thank you so much for you were quick response in your outstanding work.
Mayor Glenn Lewis the mayor of more.
It has been.
Mayor here before when there was -- -- And because of his strong spirit and sense of community.
Has been able to help lead the community through this disaster we -- much appreciate your work.
Represented Tom Cole not only is this is congressional district but more importantly this is hometown.
You know for him this carries -- special.
Sadness but also resolve in terms of trying to.
Make sure that that the city of more bounces back -- Mick Cornett Oklahoma City.
A neighbor friend we appreciate him being here.
-- few -- is here.
And obviously we're very proud of the work that he and his FEMA team have done.
-- pierce superintendent of schools here thank you for your leadership.
I want it.
It's especially commend plaza towers elementary school principal as well as -- McMillan Breyer warned elementary school principal base.
More on the ground when this happened and because of their quick response.
They're keeping a level head.
They're putting kids first.
Saved a lot of people and they're still going through some tough times.
-- I I can only imagine.
Being their husbands -- your.
Panic you know -- they were feel on one.
The tornado first struck but.
I know -- -- could not be prouder of their wives for their outstanding work that they did.
In in this in this amazing situation.
I want to thank chief police -- still links.
And all the first responders.
In this area.
Were some of the first folks on the scene.
Who were putting themselves at risk could save other people's lives.
That's what first responders do but sometimes we take for granted and it's important we don't.
And we -- moments like this that's why it's so important that we continually support them.
You know at my direction Craig if you gave arrived here on Tuesday.
FEMA was on the ground even before Monday's tornado hit and their teams have now.
Completed -- -- more than 12100 buildings we've helped to register more than 44200.
People for disaster.
Assistance and we've approved more than 3.4 million dollars indirect aid obviously there's a lot more.
But it's not just a government response we've seen incredible outpouring of support from churches.
From community groups who -- helping folks begin to recover.
This -- -- more than its share of heartbreak but people here pride themselves on.
-- Oklahoma standard.
You know what government films called being able to work through disasters like this and come out stronger on the other side and that's what we've been -- -- this week.
From the forecasters who issued warnings to the first responders.
Who dug through the rubble -- of the teachers who shielded.
With their own bodies -- students.
Oklahomans have inspired us where -- loved.
And their courage.
And their fellowship.
Neighbors have been offering up spare bedrooms and -- -- for those in need of shelter.
Universities have opened up their buildings for temporary housing and local companies have pitched in.
So this is a strong community.
Whereas with strong character.
There's no doubt they're gonna bounce back but they need help.
I dislike any of us would need help if we saw.
The kind of devastation we're saying here.
That we have about 12100.
-- homes have been completely destroyed but we've got 121000 that have been damaged.
In one way or another and that's a big piece of business and along with the schools we've got a hospital.
That has been and destroyed.
It's gonna take a long time for this community rebuild so -- -- -- Every American to step up their -- -- one message for folks here today go online donate to the American Red Cross.
And if you're from the area and you need to register for disaster assistance you can call 180621.
FEMA or you can go to disaster assistance dot gov.
Assistance dot gov.
On the web either way I guarantee if you've got.
Some significant damage and and and have had been impacted.
Go ahead and and and reach out and they're going to be professionals there -- are ready and willing to provide you the assistance the unique.
We know more there's gonna come back stronger.
From this tragedy.
You hear your -- -- good -- -- -- putting new street signs.
And I want folks affected.
Throughout Oklahoma to know that we're going to be with a every step of the way.
On Sunday the first deadly tornadoes touched down about forty miles from here.
And I mentioned this the day afterwards.
There was a story that really struck me in the press in the rubble.
Was found -- Bible.
Open towards the red amendment won't be as a hiding place from the wind and they cover from the -- And elevates its reminder scripture often is that.
From god has a plan and it's important though that we also recognize word instrument.
His -- and then we need to know that.
His fellow Americans were going to be there is as shelter.
From the storm for the people more who -- of impact.
And when we say that we've got your back I promise you we keep our word.
Did you talk to folks in Alabama who've been affected over the last couple years you talk to folks of Joplin who I know have actually sent volunteers down here to more.
You talk to folks in New Jersey and New York.
Don't tell you that.
When we say we're going to be there until you completely -- remain.
And and I -- -- to have that confidence so again to all the people here behind me.
-- on say how proud I am of them how grateful I am for their service.
I want to make one final comment you know a lot of the first responders talked about.
The training that they've done.
In part through some federal grants.
To prepare for disasters like this and as a consequence when it actually happens -- know what to do they're not losing time.
They're able to go through all the drills in the training that they've gone through.
Both for citizenry but also for first responders is that slowly.
Critical and we've got to make sure that those resources.
Remain in place so.
And -- but in congress cares deeply about what's happening and I'm confident that.
Resource will be forthcoming.
When it comes to rebuilding but remember that it's also the ongoing.
And equipment that we're making sure that those things -- place we can't.
That kind of on going.
Disaster response we can't just wait till the disaster happens that's -- and part.
We're able to save a lot of lives and I want -- -- keep that in mind so I would -- let me just again say thank you -- -- here.
-- governor thank you for your leadership.
And may god bless people Oklahoma.
And obviously continue to bless the United States of America thank you -- You've been listening live to President Obama visiting with those devastated by the deadly tornado that left 44 people dead in Moore Oklahoma.
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