After the May 20 F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., we ran several stories about how the security industry was affected by the storm. Since, then, I've heard from others in the industry about their experiences.
Securadyne Systems, an independent integrator based in Dallas, which has a branch office in Oklahoma City, has helped out with the recovery efforts in Moore.
Following is an excerpt of a report that Securadyne's Abe Romero sent along to me.
On June 19 Securadyne Systems had 18 volunteers from branches in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Dallas working on the recovery effort in Moore. The photo below shows some of those volunteers.
One of Securadyne Systems’ own employees was directly affected by the storm. Tracy Simon, an enterprise account executive in the Oklahoma City branch, spearheaded the effort to work with the Help Moore Rebuild disaster relief organization. Simon’s home was damaged during the tornado and her daughter’s middle school was completely destroyed.
At the relief organization’s headquarters, the team was briefed on the types of jobs available throughout the Moore area. The Securadyne team helped clean-up a huge debris field scattered with the remains of homes destroyed in the nearby neighborhoods.
After the work was done, the group toured the areas of damage. “The most touching and challenging part of the visit was the stop at the Plaza Elementary school makeshift memorial. Plaza Elementary took the brunt of the tornado’s fury on that fateful day and a number of children and teachers lost their lives. The day of volunteering reinforced the importance of giving back to our communities, which is a central component of our company’s core values,” according a company statement. The photo below shows the memorial.