Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2013
Senate Advances Tornado Emergency Relief
The state Senate voted Wednesday to direct $45 million
from the state Rainy Day Fund for immediate tornado disaster relief.
Senate Bill 249, passed unanimously in the Senate, directs funds
to the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management to aid recovery efforts
in affected communities. SB 249 was passed in response to a request
by Gov. Mary Fallin.
At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 others injured
in Monday’s EF5 tornado. It has been projected that the damage
from Monday’s storm could exceed that of May 3, 1999, which
topped $1 billion. Moore Sen. Anthony
Sykes represents the area where Monday’s tornado was the
deadliest and caused the greatest destruction.
“This is extremely important for the people of Senate District
24 who were so greatly affected by the tornado,” Sykes said.
“The Senate vote to enable the use of these emergency funds
is a critical part of the relief effort. I thank my fellow members
for their support, and I thank our fellow citizens throughout the
state who have reached out to those impacted by this devastating
“This is an absolutely heart breaking tragedy, but we know
these are strong communities full of resilient and tough Oklahomans,”
Senate President Pro Tem Brian
Bingman said. “The Senate moved today in response to a
request from our Governor to provide immediate resources for relief
and recovery, and we believe this is a small but appropriate step
to support our communities.”
Senate Minority Leader Sean
Burrage said, “These emergency funds are the least we
can do to assist our fellow Oklahomans, and I hope this is only
the first step we take as a legislature to help those whose lives
have been impacted by this tragedy. Now more than ever, we must
stand together as Oklahomans and do what we can to help our neighbors.”
SB 249 now heads to the House of Representatives for final passage
before being sent to the governor’s desk.
For more information contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569