Fallin commends Oklahoma's spirit

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 5/22/2013 5:57 pm Published: 5/22/2013 10:57 am

FOX23 spoke to Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday as she toured tornado damage in Moore.

FOX23's Janai Norman asked her what it was like to go from disaster to disaster.

"It was a surreal experience," said Fallin.

The governor mentioned all areas of the state hit hard by weather, from Carney to Bethel Acres, Luther to Moore.

"We've had our hands full in the state of Oklahoma," she said.

She also discussed the importance of being in contact with President Barack Obama.

"It's been important from the stand point that we needed to have our disaster declaration approved. And we did get quick approval on that and I was fast to file that for the state of Oklahoma, that will allow emergency funds to come into our state," she said.

Fallin said so much goes into recovering from these tragedies, including local communities footing the bill to pay for clean-up and overtime for emergency responders.

She said it is because of those people that Oklahoma is unique in its ability to bounce back.

"We are resilient, strong, courageous people; we have compassionate people that will help their fellow neighbors. if you're going to have something happen, I'd rather be in Oklahoma where the people will take care of you and that's what we're seeing-the Oklahoma standard. the spirit of our people is remarkably strong, it's deep," she said.

As national and international media descended on Moore and all eyes on are the Sooner state, Fallin assures residents recovering won't be forgotten when the spotlight goes away.

"We're going to be there for them, we're going to be working in the long term to help our citizens, help our communities and get them the services they need," she said.

The governor said as important as it is to remember those who have lost their lives, all those who have lost their homes and so much more, she told FOX23 it is also important to think about everyone who has boots on the ground in Moore working to help this community recover and rebuild.

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