Tinker Air Force Base Aids Tornado Recovery Effort
From a Tinker Air Force Base News Release
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., May 21, 2013 The base community here immediately began supporting the civilian community, fellow airman and sailors and their families after the devastating tornado that struck nearby Moore, Okla., yesterday.
A Tinker Fire and Emergency Services crew responds to the May 20, 2013, tornado that struck Moore, Okla. Photo courtesy of Tinker Fire and Emergency Services
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Twelve base firefighters and a safety officer were immediately dispatched to assist with rescue activities near 19th Street and Interstate 35 in Moore, and a surgeon was dispatched to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. More help was provided overnight with lights, vehicles and water trucks, and volunteer airmen prepared to assist with crowd control and recovery efforts.
Air Force Col. Steven Bleymaier, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, directed Tinker’s airman and family readiness center to stand up its 24/7 emergency family assistance center to ensure base personnel and their families received effective support. Base personnel who need immediate assistance with food, clothing or emergency financial assistance can contact the center at 405-739-2747.
The emergency family assistance center also is seeking volunteers to "adopt" Tinker families who have been directly affected by the tornadoes by offering temporary shelter in their home.