With the president scheduled to visit Moore, Okla., over the weekend, officials of the Obama administration on Wednesday again pledged to help the city recover from the damage of Monday’s tornado no matter how long the process takes.
At a joint news conference with Gov. Mary Fallin, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the administration will continue to work with local officials to clear debris from the storm and to help with the recovery. The tornado killed at least 24 people, 10 of whom were children. Two of the children were infants younger than a year old.
“Recovery is underway, debris removal is underway,” Napolitano said at the televised news conference. “On behalf of President Obama we will be here to stay. You have our commitment to that.”
Obama is scheduled to visit Moore on Sunday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced at his televised briefing.
The president has already pledged his help, telephoning top officials privately and speaking publicly to the nation. The president has said the nation will stand with the Oklahoma city, hit by a tornado carrying winds of more than 200 miles per hour.