FFB Family Story
May 20th 2013 started out as any other day. My husband and I went to work and our 11 year old twins went to school at Briarwood Elementary in the Moore School district. My husband is an amateur meteorologist and kept calling me all day, because he knew the weather was going to become severe. He called at one point to let us know hail was on our way in the NW part of OKC. He also wanted to bring our children to my work because he felt safer being together. I told him no and to stay home, because we have a storm shelter in the back yard. Around 2:00 p.m. he called telling me the weather was getting bad and he was going to check our kids out of school early. Since none of the stations were reporting anything but rain, I thought he was overreacting, but told him to do what ever he needed to do. Around 2:45 or so a tornado was reported in Newcastle, SW of our neighborhood. It was headed straight towards Moore and the SW part of Oklahoma City. We lived in the SW part of OKC.
My husband called to let me know he and our children were in the below ground storm shelter in our back yard. He told me to keep an eye on the news and be prepared to seek shelter as well. I was watching the storm unfold at work with my fellow co-workers. The news stations were reporting damage in the area near the major intersections near my subdivision. About 10 minutes later, he called to say they were alive but were trapped in our storm shelter. He could see a brick wall and could not open the door. My co workers and I started calling 911 giving them the location of our home. At this point we didn't realize the extensive damage and had no idea that my home had been leveled. After about 20 minutes, he was able to push the door open with help of neighbors and strangers that were in the shelter with them. I frantically left work knowing they were alive, but still trapped. It took forever to get home. Streets were closed, traffic was at a standstill trying to get to the area. Cell phone recepion was down in the area, you could text, but could not call. I got a voice mail on my phone while I was still trying to get to them from my niece telling me they were out of the shelter and safe.
We were in shock and devastated after the tornado, we moved in with family until we had time to decide what we were going to do.
The FFB Family Foundation was so wonderful helping us after the tornado. With their donations, we were able to immediately buy clothes and toiletries we needed. After the tornado we only had the clothes on our backs. We are so grateful for the generous donations of money, gift cards and clothes. We could not have made it through without the help of the FFB Family Foundation and my co-workers. We were amazed with the amount of love and support we received. I am thankful everyday I work for such a wonderful and caring organization.
We are starting to get our lives back together. We've bought a new home in Edmond and have enrolled our children in a new school. We are nervous and excited about the future and are blessed to be here and have a new start in life.