Press Conference: 237 Reported Injuries, Unknown Number of Deaths
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin addressed Monday's deadly tornado that devastated parts of the state, namely the town of Moore, promising that the federal, state and local governments will ensure that 'we will rebuild.'
An estimated 237 injuries were reported, but Fallin said she could not confirm any number of deceased, leaving the official death toll at 24. The governor cited the fact that while bodies have been taken to the medical examiner's office, "we've also heard there may be bodies that have been taken [directly to local] funeral homes."
There could still be survivors, Fallin said, as the search and rescue efforts continue. She praised first responders, as well as the Moore Fire Department, who is tasked with creating and implementing a plan to determine priorities and is also serving as the "unified command" in the aftermath.
Approximately 38,000 residents remain without power and low water pressure issues are impacting Moore and surrounding areas, including parts of Oklahoma City.
For those needing help, the governor urged residents to call 1-800-621-FEMA, or log on to a state website set up to provide a constant stream of updated information. That website is http://www.okstrong.ok.gov.