Philadelphia, May 21, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, issued the following statement in response to the tornadoes and destruction in Moore, Oklahoma:
“Across the country, Americans have watched the horrible destruction brought on by the devastating tornadoes that tore through the Oklahoma City region yesterday afternoon. But Americans also witnessed the bravery of local first responders on the scene, of teachers protecting students and of neighbors helping neighbors as rescue efforts began.
“The thoughts and prayers of the nation’s Mayors are with all of those who were killed or injured by these tornadoes and their families. And our thoughts and prayers are with Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, officials of the many other affected communities across the region, and the people of the Oklahoma City area, as they struggle to recover from the damage and begin the extensive process of rebuilding their communities.
“Like the Joplin officials who have already sent a team to help rescue and recovery efforts, the nation’s Mayors stand ready to help their colleagues in the Oklahoma City area recover from this devastating tragedy.”