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On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Live" featured a trio of heartwarming stories about the residents of Moore, Okla. as they continue to recover and rebuild after Monday's devastating tornado.
Cassandra Jenkins, who spoke to Piers Morgan on Tuesday evening about her and her family's frantic search for their grandparents who were missing since the twister hit, returned on Wednesday evening to share the good news that their grandparents Thomas and Claudia Foutch had been found.
"Because of the power of the social media and your CNN broadcast viewers, within hours, we were able to locate the vehicle," said Jenkins. "I'm proud to say that my grandparents are now home, they are safe. They are comfortable. And I just want to thank you and your viewers so much."
Also on Wednesday evening, philanthropist and Chairman & CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick returned to the program to talk about his charitable work with the families devastated by Hurricane Sandy as well as the work he plans to do for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.
"For Hurricane Sandy, we gave 10 million dollars, 1,000 dollars a family, 10,000 families," said Lutnick. And for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado Lutnick announced, "We have committed two million dollars. We're going to get all those volunteers."
"My wife and my sister have collected all of their friends," said Lutnick. "And all these volunteers are going to fly out to Oklahoma. And we're going to pick some schools with kids, 2,000 families, give them 1,000 dollars."
The Cobb family, who were featured in one of the iconic photos seen around the world in the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado spoke to Morgan on Wednesday evening about their experience.
"We're lucky to be alive," began mother LaDonna, "and our hearts go out to those that weren't as fortunate. But we'll heal. We're here. That's what's most important."
"It was just crazy. It was just crazy," said daughter Jordan. "I was in my classroom, and when our school alarm went off, like that's when I knew that there was a tornado coming. It was coming. And I saw the portables, like, just the metal just came off, and I was fine until the roof came off. And I started freaking out. And it was just crazy."
"I could tell by just looking at it from how close it was that this is not the kind of tornado or storm that you want to be above ground for," said father Steve. "Usually want to be below ground for that size of a tornado. And I had my doubts. I was truly fearful. I didn't - I didn't think we were going to live."
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Please start a conversation w/expert architects and engineers about rebuilding homes in TORNADO ALLEY, such as More, OK, that has been hit twice with violent tornadoes to re-build non-conventional homes BENEATH the ground. We have the talent and engineering geniuses in the USA to think outside the box and rebuild differently in such locations. It makes no sense to rebuild homes that will be devastated once again when the next E-5 hits. We have to become smarter about rebuilding in such areas. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, Piers!
Hi,thanks for posting.
There's no doubt getting underneath is our trump card with tornadoes,
but living some troglodytic existence beneath ground is probably a bridge
too far:I think we have to accept if they come it's too late for the house,
but we might get lucky,and it goes left or right;onus HAS to be on people,
and I think the Cobb family exemplify that:battered and bruised,but ultimately
none the worse;I think as many tornado shelters at basement level as possible
is key,and hopefully there is a maximum of homes already WITH a basement,
and financially some kind of Government Grant scheme through or involving
FEMA where the citizen pays an agreed part of the overall cost(Scottish Councils
have done this in the past,and like other bills to the Council can be paid via instalments);
unlikely to expect the Government/FEMA to cover ALL the cost as you're obviously
talking astronomical sums of money,but we need to GET UNDERNEATH THEM,and
the house may or may not remain to be seen.
Posting from Edinburgh,love to Oklahoma.
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