What once were houses are now just piles of shredded and splintered wood. Cars have been flung around like toys. A local hospital is gutted. Two elementary schools damaged.
Random items remained unscathed. A cardboard box of tax returns sits on a pile of wood that used to be a home. An empty water bottle remains untouched in a home that was destroyed. A bathroom was left standing while the rest of the home is gone.
By now, you are probably aware that a tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, yesterday at 2:56 p.m. It raged for almost 40 minutes. It was 1.3 miles wide and was 20 miles long. At times, the gale forces raged between 200 and 210 miles per hour making it the strongest category of tornadoes ever measured. It left a path of total devastation.
Nearby Tinker Air Force Base sent a search-and-rescue team and provided searchlights, vehicles, and water trucks. Texas sent an elite 80-member urban search team. The American Red Cross sent 25 emergency response vehicles.
SpareFoot Storage is reaching out to help, also. They are offering self storage to the victims of the tornado. They are giving away a free month of storage to victims within a 50 mile radius of Oklahoma City. The offer expires June 21, 2013.
All people have to do to take advantage of this offer is to simply find a storage unit and complete the online form at http://blog.sparefoot.com/sparefoot-storage-units-for-tornado-victims-in-oklahoma-city/.
The name of the person who will arrive to move in needs to be listed on the form. People need to move into the storage unit by June 21, 2013. Then, they need to e-mail or mail through the United States’ postal service a copy of the storage lease or receipt. SpareFoot will mail people a check to cover the first month’s rent (up to $100).
“The images of the destruction in the Oklahoma City area are heartbreaking. Our thoughts go out to the communities in this region that felt Mother Nature’s wrath,” SpareFoot CEO Chuck Gordon said. “While human lives obviously are the most important consideration in a situation like this, we at SpareFoot hope our offer of free storage space can help people in the Oklahoma City area recover from these powerful tornadoes.”
SpareFoot is based in Austin, Texas. They provide an online ‘marketplace’ where customers can find and reserve storage units from a network of more than 6.500 facilities throughout the United States. Facilities range from mom-and-pop businesses up to big, publicly traded REITs.
SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Victims of Tornadoes in Oklahoma City Area.” PRWeb; 21 May 2013.
“The day after, tornado survivors tell harrowing stories.” CNN News; 21 May 2013.
“A day after, search for tornado survivors, bodies goes on in Oklahoma.” CNN News; 21 May 2013.