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Oklahoma tornadoes: Businessmen donate fuel, light plants to relief effort

A group of business owners banded together to donate fuel for emergency responders and light plants to assist in the cleanup.
BY HILLARY McLAIN Modified: May 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm •  Published: May 24, 2013

Two Oklahoma companies banded together to provide light and fuel for rescue workers working late into the night after the May 20 storms.

Within an hour of the storm, employees of Eve's Bit Sales gathered light units from the Hinton store and headed to Moore, where they stayed until 4 a.m.

“It's in our backyard. I had extra equipment that wasn't being run in the oil field,” owner Jon Eve said. “I knew we could get it there quicker and faster than FEMA could respond.”

Eve also reached out to Perry Taylor, Pilot Logistics Services' senior vice president, through a mutual friend.

Pilot Logistics Services donated fuel for the first responders and emergency vehicles and to keep the light plants running, Taylor said.

The estimated cost of the donated fuel is near $15,000, Taylor said, while fueling firefighters, ambulances and other first responders every day since the storm. Employees in rotation to fuel the light plants have also donated their time for the effort, refusing payment.

The three light plants each include a generator, 500-gallon potable water tank and a 40-foot raised light.

Light plants will remain at the scene as long as necessary, Eve said. The use of the plants would typically cost about $150 per day for each unit.

“When our brothers are in need, we go out and help them,” Taylor said. “That's all that matters.”

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