Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tornado Cleanup in Moore, Oklahoma


Between 12,000 and 13,000 homes were destroyed during the F5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20. Garver employees from the Tulsa and Norman offices and their families, alongside other members of the Wichita Mountains Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, recently spent the weekend helping with cleanup efforts at one of those destroyed homes.

“Because we helped a specific family, it brought personal emotions to the effort,” said Garver Project Engineer Matthew Youngblood. “It reminded me of what is important in my life—family, friends, community.”

The Garver team helped sort through the remains of the destroyed house, trying to salvage the family’s personal items from the rubble. The team cut down trees, picked up broken glass, cleared out ditches, and carried debris to the curb to be picked up by the city, all the while searching for family photos, stuffed animals, and anything else irreplaceable.

If you would like to help with relief efforts, the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund has been set up in coordination with the United Way. The American Red Cross also provides ways in which you can donate and/or volunteer.

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