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Read about tornado recovery efforts and updates below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and residents in the Moore area.

FROM LOCAL REPORTS Modified: May 21, 2013 at 10:17 am •  Published: May 21, 2013

Read about tornado recovery efforts and updates below. The following tweets and briefs are from reporters, state officials and residents in the Moore area.

NewsOK 9:38 a.m. President Barack Obama has declared a "Major Disaster" in Oklahoma.

At about 9:10 a.m., CDT, the president said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate "Is on his way to Oklahoma as we speak."

"FEMA staff was first deployed to Oklahoma's Emergency Operations Center on Sunday as the state already was facing down the first wave of deadly tornadoes. Yesterday FEMA activated urban search and rescue teams from Texas, Nebraska and Tennessee to assist in the ongoing search and rescue efforts and a mobile response unit to boost communications and logistical support.

"The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long it takes."

The president also commented, "There are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms, and bedrooms and classrooms and in time we're going to need to refill those spaces with love and laughter and community."

He said "the good people there in Oklahoma are better prepared for this type of storm than most and what they can be certain of is that Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them opening our homes, our hearts, to those in need because we are a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes."
NewsOK 9:42 a.m. EMSA spokeswoman Laura O'Leary said paramedics transported 172 victims Monday. She said some children in Moore were brought to paramedics who could not be saved. O'Leary said 48 ambulances were used during the rescue efforts.

"They took them to the hospital and then came back to pick up some more," O'Leary said. "It took many hours. Some of our paramedics walked to get get closer. It was an amazing effort from a lot of people."
NewsOK 9:46 a.m. From OU Medical Center and Children's Hospital:

OU Medical Center and Children's Hospital are reporting 85 patients with 50 of the patients being children. Their conditions range from minor injuries to critical. Five were transferred from other hospitals, 10 were minor.

Hospital officials are holding a press conference with pediatric doctors at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Children's Hospital.
NewsOK 10:24 a.m. Due to low water pressure, the Oklahoma History Center is closing today. We will repoen tomorrow at 10 a.m.
NewsOK 10:27 a.m. OKC Public School sites on the South side of the City are experiencing very low water pressure. The City of Oklahoma City and OG&E are working hard to resolve these issues. District Maintenance teams are working to deliver water tanks to schools affected for flushing purposes.

Arrangements are being made to provide lunches by Child Nutrition Services.
NewsOK 10:31 a.m. Somber members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives prayed and sang Tuesday for Oklahomans affected by tornadoes that ripped through the state the past two days.

Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, went to the podium and sang a couple verses of "Amazing Grace."

Floor Leader Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, said that because of the deadly tornado that caused extensive damage in Moore and Newcastle the House would take up no bills Tuesday morning.

Several committees planned to meet. The House adjourned until 1 p.m. Tuesday.
NewsOK 10:43 a.m. With yesterday's devastating storm in our metro community, Cowboy Cantina has been canceled this evening.

"Words cannot express our feeling of heartache and loss for those affected by the recent tornadoes. Please keep Oklahoma in your prayers."
NewsOK 10:46 a.m. St. Anthony Hospital:

At the three metro St. Anthony hospitals, 32 patients were treated and released. Three patients were transferred to OU Medical Center and Children's Hospital.

Integris Health Southwest Medical Center:

Integris Helath Southwest Medical Center has treated 90 patients, 20 have been admitted. Ten of those are critical and 10 are serious. Five children were treated and released. A 65-year-old man died. He was running to a shelter and hit his head, said Brooke Cayot, Integris Health spokeswoman. He died Tuesday.

'Overnight there were non-life-threatening injuries," Cayot said.
NewsOK 11:23 a.m. - On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant through his family foundation pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma.

“The Red Cross relies on its donors to perform its mission in relieving human suffering following disasters,” said Janienne Bella, regional CEO. “Mr. Durant’s gift and support to Oklahoma comes at a time of great need and we’re forever thankful for his generosity.”

The Durant Family Foundation pledged the matching gift to inspire and challenge others to immediately do the same.

To donate to the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
NewsOK 11:57 a.m. David Andra, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office, said in recent days the dryline has been moving east and then it backs up to the west and then it moves east again, so it oscillates back and forth between Oklahoma and west Texas.

Tuesday brought a little different weather set up for the National Weather Service, Norman’s 48-county coverage area in Oklahoma.

“Today, however, we’ve pushed a cold front in from the north and that has essentially taken the dry line out of the state of Oklahoma. So our risk of tornadoes is almost zero today (Tuesday).”

Even though tornadoes are not expected to be a threat in their area, high winds, hail and lightning are expected with severe thunderstorms.
NewsOK 12:59 p.m. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) are receiving numerous calls from restaurant owners and other establishments that sell or provide food for information on whether or not it is safe to open due to low water pressure in the Oklahoma City metro area.

According to local and state public health officials, restaurants and food-related establishments may open if there is enough hot running water pressure to wash hands and dishes. However, the restaurant will need to limit the food items that are served. Do not serve food items that are grease laden products because the water pressure is not great enough to clean greasy dishes.

The facility will need to cease operations immediately if the water pressure continues to drop any further, or if there is no electricity.

If restaurant owners have additional questions, they should contact OCCHD at 405-425-4347 or the OSDH Consumer Protection Division at 405-271-5243.
NewsOK 12:59 p.m. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) will be offering tetanus shots today to rescue workers, volunteers, and residents in areas that are affected by this week’s tornadoes. OCCHD will be sending a team to locations in affected areas to give tetanus shots.



Tetanus shots are recommended for anyone who hasn’t received a tetanus booster shot within the last ten years. Tetanus is also known as “lockjaw”, which can develop when Clostridium tetani bacteria causes an infection in the body.



For residents with transportation, we will also be offering tetanus shots at our Kelley location, which is 921 NE 23rd Street, just to the East of the Oklahoma History Museum. Other health department services will continue as normal.
NewsOK 1:18 p.m. There will be lunch feeding at the Carney Senior Center in Lincoln county between now and 2 p.m.
NewsOK 1:37 p.m. From Oklahoma City Police:

The department has been receiving numerous phone calls from persons wanting to report a family member missing. We ask anyone who needs to make a report for a loved one who resides in Moore to contact the Moore Police Department.
NewsOK 2:34 p.m. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is securing the perimeter of a current disaster scene in Moore. There are 68 stations with Troopers blocking entrance and exits near the city of Moore.

"We appreciate all the first responders assisting with this ongoing disaster relief effort. However, we ask that all those who are not operating authorized emergency vehicles and equipment to stay away from the area. Only those authorized emergency responders will be allowed in to assist with this ongoing operation" stated Captain George Brown, spokesman for the OHP.

Perimeter assignments for security will continue throughout the night and into tomorrow. Troopers will remain on 24 hour shifts, until further notice.
NewsOK 3:10 p.m. The Carney Senior Center is now a feeding and bulk distribution only.



Little Axe Resource Center is Feeding Only.



OU Housing on the Norman Campus is now a Red Cross Supported Shelter.
NewsOK 4:50 p.m. Feed The Children has established seven locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations that will aid victims of the Moore tornadoes.

Feed The Children McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N. McCormick

First Baptist Church, 1201 N. Robinson

KOCO-TV, 1300 East Britton Road

Faith Church, I-40 and Portland

TLC Garden Center, 105 West Memorial Road in Edmond

Continental Resources, 20 N. Broadway Downtown OKC

Bob Moore Parking Lot, 412 W. Reno Downtown OKC

Items that will be accepted at these locations are diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks. Cash donations are also welcome.
NewsOK 5:28 p.m. State Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, said Tuesday that OK Foods, Inc. and Tyson Foods will provide meals to the victims of the Moore tornado about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Southgate Baptist Church, l740 SW 4th St. in Moore.

The Tyson Foods’ “Meals that Matter” disaster relief truck features 20,000 pounds of meat storage capacity, cooking and serving supplies and sanitation equipment.

In addition to serving food at the Southgate Baptist Church, Tyson will also be delivering meals to area shelters and to disaster relief workers.

OK Foods will deliver three truckloads of food and will prepare meals Wednesday.