Apache Pledges $500,000 To Build Storm Shelters And Safe Rooms For Oklahoma
HOUSTON, May 23, 2013
HOUSTON, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the devastation caused by
recent deadlytornadoes in Moore, Okla., Apache Corp. announced it has pledged
$500,000 toward providing storm shelters and safe rooms for Oklahoma schools.
The funds will go toward seeding a new 501(c)(3) organization created by
Oklahoma State Reps. Jon Echols and Mark McBride to build storm shelters and
safe rooms in existing Oklahoma schools.
"Our hearts go out to those who have suffered due to this horrific storm,"
said Rob Johnston, Apache Central Region vice president. "While the stories of
bravery that have emerged in the days since the storm have been uplifting and
even inspirational, the stories about the children of Moore who perished have
been among the most difficult to comprehend. We hope this pledge of $500,000
will not only help to provide safety for children of Moore but also lend some
comfort to families when they send their children off to school."
Moore was devastated by a deadly tornado on Monday that killed at least 24 and
sent hundreds to the hospital. Among those killed were 10 children, eight of
whom were elementary school students.
Oklahoma has been home to Apache employees since the company's first well was
drilled there more than 50 years ago. Apache, which bases its Central Region
operations in Tulsa, has 369 employees throughout Oklahoma. Many Apache
employees have close ties to family, friends and schools in the Moore area.
"Apache has had a long history in Oklahoma and is a big part of many
communities here," said Rep. Echols, R-Oklahoma City. "Their pledge will go a
long way in helping keep our children safe."
"We will be mourning the loss of the elementary school children for some
time," said Rep. McBride, R-Moore. "With the help of Apache and others we can
provide our schools with shelters that can withstand these powerful and
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