Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
January 5, 2006
Senator Harry Coates
Senator Coates Asks Governor Henry to Declare Sunday Day of Prayer
State Senator Harry
Coates has sent a letter to Governor Brad Henry requesting that
this coming Sunday be declared a day of prayer for the State of
Oklahoma. Coates said his district, which includes Seminole as well
as parts of Lincoln, Pottawatomie and Oklahoma Counties, has been
especially impacted by the wildfires which have destroyed homes
and property throughout the state.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture,
another 23 fires were reported on Wednesday burning approximately
10,500 acres. Since November 1, 2005, more than 361,000 acres have
been destroyed because of wildfires.
“I simply suggested a day of prayer for Oklahoma—we
need prayers for rain, for the people on the front lines fighting
the fires and for other volunteers like the Red Cross. We also need
to pray for those who have suffered losses in these fires,”
said Coates, R-Seminole.
Coates said he was very appreciative of how quickly
both Governor Henry and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin responded to the
emergency. He also praised the response of local churches.
“Our churches in this district and throughout
the state have stepped in to help provide meals to our volunteer
firefighters and collect clothing and other items for folks who’ve
literally lost everything,” said Coates. “They too deserve
our thanks and our prayers.”
For more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774