Apache donation to help Woodward get new tornado warning system
Houston-based Apache Corp. is donating $350,000 to the city of Woodward to pay for a new tornado warning system, the oil and natural gas company announced Monday.
Woodward was ravaged by a tornado on April 15 after a power outage knocked out most of its storm sirens. Six people died and more than 20 were injured.
Apache’s donation will allow the city to replace its tornado warning system with new equipment that will include battery backup and redundant controls. Installation is expected to begin this week.
Mayor Roscoe Hill praised Apache for its donation.
”Apache is a long-term corporate citizen ofWoodward. This very generous contribution demonstrates their profound commitment to our community. By dedicating funds to upgrade our early warning systems, Apache is saving lives, and we are extremely grateful.”
Apache executive Rob Johnston said Woodward is a hub for the company’s operations in western Oklahoma.
“Our hearts go out to the families who were impacted by this devastating event. This donation is one way for Apache to help the community rebuild, rebound and be prepared for future tornadoes.”
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