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In Ominous Parallel to Alabama’s April 2011 Horrific Tornadoes Strike Oklahoma

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama has had more tornado deaths than any state in the country since World War II. Oklahoma was struck by monstrously big tornadoes on Monday similar to the storms that struck Alabama in April 2011. Over 50 Oklahoman s were listed as dead on Monday, including many in an elementary school in Warren, Oklahoma. Many more are still trapped under rubble and search rescue efforts were underway.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley issued a written statement following the deadly tornado that struck Oklahoma on Monday: “Dianne and I are offering prayers of support for everyone in Oklahoma. The people of Alabama can identify first-hand with those who have suffered such a devastating loss. We understand how painful it is to lose friends, neighbors and loved ones. We understand the challenges of a massive recovery and rebuilding effort. We will stand with the people of Oklahoma in the coming days, weeks, months and years.”

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said, “Alabamians identify only too closely with the terrible devastation brought on by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Susan’s and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and communities affected by this horrible event. We experienced an outpouring of support from other states when tornadoes hit here at home and I know as a state we will do the same.”

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said on Facebook, “Unreal footage coming out of Oklahoma. These people need our prayers. Alabamians certainly know how devastating a tornado outbreak can be. Let’s offer prayers for comfort and words of support toward those in Oklahoma who are dealing with so… much right now. Also please consider donating what you can to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. I understand the Red Cross is already deployed and starting relief efforts.”

Rep. John Rogers (D) from Birmingham said on Facebook, “Please join me in praying for the people of Oklahoma.”

Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) said on Facebook, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Cleveland County, Oklahoma. I feel as empty right now as I did on April 27, 2011, my 169th day in office. On that night and the following days, I saw first-hand the worst of mother nature and the best of human nature.” Jefferson County was especially hard hit in April 2011.

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Gov. Bentley said, “My office has been in direct contact with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s office, and we are offering whatever assistance Alabama can provide. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is prepared to coordinate any and all resources that may be requested by Oklahoma. Following the April 2011 tornadoes, people from other states showed tremendous compassion to Alabama. They helped us in our own rebuilding. They volunteered their time and their resources. They stood with us in prayer and support. Alabama stands ready to do the same for the people of Oklahoma.”

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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