The Woodward News


April 27, 2012

A long road still to travel

Woodward, Okla. — By Alan Riffel

12:20 a.m. Sunday, April 22nd marked one week since the EF-3 tornado came through Woodward and the surrounding area. 

In that one week we have seen our community united in an effort to rebuild Woodward and the lives impacted by the storm.  We called, you answered.  We asked, you gave.  The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and I think Woodward has accomplished something very special over the past days.  Countless people arrived in our community, put on their gloves and went to work.  Because of this effort we have saved millions of dollars. 

Thank you to the Emergency Management Team, the City of Woodward, Woodward County, and the State of Oklahoma.  Thank you to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and all of the charities and churches who gave of their time, money and space to serve our community.  Thank you to the businesses who gave time, equipment and labor to serve our community.   Thank to each and every one who embraced Woodward with love, support and hope for the future.

As was announced late last week, we will not be receiving Federal Aid to assist in our rebuild.  That being said, I know Woodward has a bright future.  Oklahomans always take care of Oklahomans, but we need your help now more than ever.  If you were looking for ways to help, but did not know how, please donate to the Tornado Relief Fund set up through the Woodward Community Foundation. These can be dropped off at any bank in town or at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Amber Moulder-Wolanski and Lindsey Snider-Scotney are administering a Facebook page (Woodward Tornado Info), kindly set up by the creators of the Joplin Tornado Info. This page has been instrumental in communication with those who want to help Woodward and those impacted.  She and the team of people working with them will continue to update that page regularly with information on how to help, our progress, pictures, etc.  Please visit them, “Like” the page, and “Share” it with your friends.

 Thank you to everyone who has given of their time and resources this past week and for the weeks to come.

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Alan Riffel is Woodward’s city manager

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