Yet the aftermath is when Oklahoma is at its best. Neighbors checked on one another. First responders weren't far behind. Makeshift emergency shelters went up almost immediately. And help to restore power and begin the massive work of cleanup began pouring in, slowed only by the need to check for injured and other dangers like downed power lines and potential gas leaks.
It took only seconds for the tornadoes to wrap Oklahoma in destruction. But Oklahomans will be there for each other for the long haul, making sure families are fed and housed even as we mourn alongside them. The long list of tragedies that preceded Monday has taught us how to do that. Oklahomans know how to care for one another. It's what we do.