The news media has been going gaga about the devastating tornado incident at Moore Oklahoma on Monday, May 19, 2013. I am still in awe of the terrific natural disaster that left about 24 people dead and over hundred injured. The people of Moore, OK got a visit from nature that left a mark never to be forgotten. Moore, OK is a city I know very well and still drove through it last month on my way to Oklahoma City.
Two of the 24 people known to have been killed in the tornado that pulverized Moore,a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday were infants, the local medical examiner’s office announced Wednesday.Case Futrell, 4 months old, and mother Megan Futrell, 29, died of blunt-force trauma, according to an information sheet released by the Oklahoma City medical examiner’s office. A cousin told the Oklahoman newspaper’s online edition that Megan Futrell had sought refuge from the storm for herself and her baby in the walk-in cooler of a 7-Eleven that was destroyed in the storm.
The other infant victim in the disaster is 7 month old Sydnee Vargyas. Sydnee and her 4-year-oldsister KarrinaVargyas were the youngest of four children of Laura and Philip Vargyas. The girls were home with their mother when the storm struck and destroyed their home and took their lives. Seven of the remaining eighth children that died in the tornado were student of the Plaza Towers Elementary School with their ages between 8 and 9 years old.
Moore Mayor Glen Lewis, on Wednesday, said he will propose an ordinance in the next couple of days at the Moore City Council that would modify building codes to require the construction of reinforced shelters in every new home in the town. This kind of ordinances should not be limited to Moore alone. All tornado prone areas should emulate such regulations too. I really don’t know how to console these grieving families for their losses but I hope the good God replenishes their pains with good tidings.
I think the best thing we can do as human is to support those affected in this disaster with both emotional and financial support. You can send your gift through the American Red Cross by visiting the donation link here.
God bless you as you donate.