Governor Bentley offers OK assistance

Moore, Oklahoma was devastated by an EF-5 tornado.
Moore, Oklahoma was devastated by an EF-5 tornado.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Alabama is ready to help Oklahoma in the recovery process, after a devastating EF-5 tornado hit the city of Moore on Monday.

Alabama is sending not only prayers, but offering up assistance.

Governor Bentley has reached out to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, offering help with anything she needs.

Bentley said Alabama National Guard troops are ready to deploy.

Emergency management teams with disaster recovery training are also standing by, and so are utility workers who may be needed to help restore power.

The state's insurance department has offered to send representatives to help people file claims.

For those who want to volunteer, "Serve Alabama" is gearing up, although they say the best way to help is through financial donations.

Governor Bentley said people in Alabama know the pain and process it takes to recover from a tornado like this one, in the wake of our own devastation from the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak.

"The Governor is in charge of the natural disasters, so she has to decide what she wants to do, but certainly we will help them if she would like for us to help them. Ours was a little more widespread than this, but this is something we can probably help her with," said Governor Bentley.

Officials urge people not to self-deploy to Oklahoma. They say you can create more chaos, jeopardize the efforts of authorities, and put yourself in danger.

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