Tulsa based Apache Energy has roots deep in Oklahoma. Many of their employees have ties to Moore and the company has decided to build storm shelters and safe rooms for Oklahoma schools. Apache has pledged $500,000 and the funds will go toward seeding a new organization created by Oklahoma State Reps. Jon Echols and Mark McBride.
"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 has 369 employees throughout Oklahoma.
"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 dangerous storms."
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