Sanders and Marlatt Praise Local Officials’ Response to Tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders and state Sen. Bryce Marlatt today praised local officials’ thorough and professional response to this weekend’s tornado outbreak.

“While this is clearly a major tragedy for our community, we are blessed to have some very competent local officials who have gone above and beyond in response efforts,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “They deserve a great deal of praise for their work to address this terrible weather event.”

“Our first responders have done an outstanding job and we’ve experienced great support from the citizens of Woodward and surrounding communities,” said Marlatt, R-Woodward. “Their actions are evidence of the great resilience of Oklahomans. This is not first the first time we’ve faced this kind of adversity, and I am proud that my neighbors are stepping up to the plate.”

The two lawmakers commended local law enforcement, including the Woodward police department and the county sheriff’s office, members of the highway patrol, county and city officials, and Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer.

Most of all, they praised the search and rescue efforts of the Woodward Fire Department and surrounding area fire departments.

“Our firefighters did an outstanding job dealing with search and rescue efforts, and there’s
not enough ways to thank them for their selfless service,” said Marlatt, R-Woodward.

Sanders and Marlatt met with Gov. Mary Fallin today as she toured the devastation in the Woodward area following last night’s tornadoes.

Fallin today declared a State of Emergency for 12 Oklahoma counties, including Alfalfa, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Ellis, Harper, Jackson, Kiowa, Logan, Oklahoma, Woods and Woodward.
Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
Last night’s tornadoes killed at least five people, including children.

“First and utmost, we need to keep the victims and the families who lost loved ones in our prayers,” Sanders said.
“The loss of life in any weather-related even is tragic, but the loss of children is even tougher to take,” Marlatt said. “It is more important now than ever for our community to band together and support those who have lost loved ones.”


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