Jezire Hudson was at work in Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon when the tornado sirens went off, heralding an approaching storm that packed 200-mph winds.
She and her fiance, Brent Akin, work for an oil and gas valve manufacturing company. Akin was in his company truck near the couple's home in Bethany, an Oklahoma City suburb.
He called to see whether he should go home and let the dog in, Hudson, 24, told the Los Angeles Times. "Just get back to work safely before it goes through that area," she answered.
Akin made it, then checked on Hudson. She went home to check on the pets, and the company's construction crew volunteered to take equipment to help with the removal of debris and the search and rescue effort, she said. Akin went with them.