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June 6, 2013

Moore mayor: Residents rebuilding



Cosper said since May 31, his office at SW 122nd and Pennsylvania Avenue has been extremely busy. Victims are getting insurance checks and inventories in the Moore area are disappearing at a rapid rate, Cosper said. Builders are gearing up to build homes as fast as they can.

Cosper also said many victims are planning to rebuild. Initially some who have to rebuild said they plan to leave, but some of them will change their minds when they consider all of their local ties, he said.

According to a map of the storm path and available databases of businesses in the area, an estimated 2,100 businesses are within a one-mile path of the tornado. They include home-based microbusinesses, large health care providers, retailers and construction companies.

The Back to Business incentive was launched by the City of Oklahoma City, the City of Moore, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Moore Chamber of Commerce to match requests with resources.

For more information, call 297-8943 any day of the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

To help individuals, families and businesses, community assistance meetings are being hosted in Moore. Presenters will include FEMA, the Small Business Association, American Red Cross, City of Moore, Moore Chamber of Commerce and others responding to the disaster. The next meeting will be 3 p.m. today at the South Oklahoma City Library, 2201 SW 134th. For more information, call Suzanne McAuley at 366-3223.

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said his agency’s commitment to Oklahomans is strong during this devastating time.

“We are continuing to come up with ways to address consumer concerns and provide united support,” Doak said.

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