Devastation in Oklahoma

May 23, 2013 12:34 AM by Andy Koen

Memorial scheduled for tornado victims

MOORE, OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced Wednesday a memorial service will be held for the victims of the storm on at the First Baptist Church in Moore on Sunday. President Barack Obama is expected to visit the area that day as well.

The Oklahoma Department of Insurance estimates the cost of the damage from Monday's category EF-5 tornado to be at least $2 billion. As utility crews worked to stand up new poles for power lines, hundreds of volunteers came pouring into the disaster area to lend a hand wherever it was needed.

"We all need to do what we can do," said Teresa Twyman as she gave out bottles of water. "If I need to stand here on a corner and pass out water for 12 hours then I'm going to pass out water for 12 hours."

Later, more organized efforts formed. A bus filled with volunteers arrived to clear away debris at a nearby cemetery.

"When you're from Oklahoma, when something tragic happens like this, everybody comes together," said Tiffany Eidenshink.

Others lent their expertise serving needs created just by the clean up. Mercy Health had set up a tent to give out blood pressure and diabetes medications to those who lost their prescriptions in the storm. But as Dr. Dustan Buckley explained, there was a growing need for tetanus shots.

"There's so much debris out here, people are coming in injured with puncture wounds," she said.

Those who lost homes to the tornado risked the tetanus infection to sort through their belongings.

"You don't have a whole lot left, you gotta do what you can," said Dana Ulepich. She recovered a few photos and a paper printed with a Bible verse, Isaiah 40:13.

Ulepich says the verse reminded her that hope in the Lord would renew her strength.

"It just kind of explains everything right now, you know you don't really... you don't understand it, you've just got to trust in God that everything happens for a reason."

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