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minutes. i'm anderson cooper. we're live from moore, oklahoma. this is our special coverage of the ef-5 tornado that carved a 17-mile path through this area. there's a lot going on today. the medical examiner's office now lists ten children among the 24 people killed in monday's tornado. two of them were infants, 4 and 7 months old. the mayor of moore says the death toll is not expected to rise. now people in this devastated community must focus on both rebuilding their lives and burying their dead. it is a tough road to recovery. people here are leaning on faith and family. >> amongst the rubble and amongst the devastation, families huddled together pulling things out of the rubble, smiling the best they can. there's still tragedy. we lost life here. but families are picking themselves up. they're strong and resilient. a very, very strong faith. and we're going to move on. we have hope. >> oklahoma's emergency management office says that about 10,000 people were
directly impacted by monday's tornado. right now fema has more than 400 personnel on the ground here trying to support the response. trying to make sure survivors get the federal assistance made available by the disaster declaration signed by president obama. now, the white house says the president is being updated on the tornado response throughout the day today. homeland security chief janet napolitano was going to come today to get a firsthand look at the destruction. we'll hear from her in a live news conference in about an hour. as i said, there's a lot to bring you up-to-date on. from the air you can actually trace the tornado's 17-mile path of devastation. lieutenant governor compared it to a giant lawn mower blade cutting its way across the community. the storm destroyed 2,400 homes, uprooted huge trees like they were weeds, cars tossed about. chris cuomo got an aerial view. take a look. >> right now we're at 2,500 feet above the ground. scientists say the debris from the tornado was ten times as high as we are right now into the air. look at the trees. it looks like people pulledlaid
were weeding their garden, but those are huge old pine trees. cars littered along the trail. they weren't parked there. they were tossed like toys. you literally can trace with your finger a line where the tornado went. >> state officials say that insurance claims from the tornado will probably top $2 billion. those are early estimates. the mayor says he does not expect the death toll to climb. as i mentioned. but some people have not been able to reach loved ones since the tornado struck and they are anxious to try to get in contact with them. nick valencia joins us with that. nick, you've been talking to people who are trying to reach relatives in the area. what are you hearing from them? oklahoma hasn't just impacted - residents here, it's impacted residents in other states. yesterday i spoke by phone to a woman in gleeson, tennessee, who hasn't been able to get in touch with her sister since the storm hit on monday. >> my mind is everywhere.
i was -- my boss actually pulled up the site. and she did that for me because i can't think straight. and i'm kind of in a fog. i don't want to believe that. i don't. but i can't reach her. i can't find her. i don't know where she is. and i don't know if she could get to me or get a hold of me or anything to let me know that she's okay. >> to complicate matters even more for people like erica sandoval, traditional lines of communication are spotty at best. it could very well be, anderson, her sister is in one of the shelters in neighboring counties, but so far she hasn't been able to get in touch with her. >> and it is important to point out because officials here are saying they believe most people have been accounted for. they don't believe the death toll is going to rise any more. so there's a lot of people
displaced staying at friends' houses. their home phones have been destroyed. it could be they haven't been able to get in touch. >> that's exactly right. and we posed that to erica sandoval. she says she's hoping for the best. she has a motto in her family that no news is good news. interestingly enough she didn't realize she had a sister until 2001. her father was in the navy and fathered a child in the philippines. this woman, sandy, her sister called and contacted her out of the blue in 2001. it was a twist of fate she said that brought them together. she's hoping that the same twist of fate brings her back in her life. >> i've been getting a lot of e-mails and tweets from people asking about why there aren't more tornado shelters or safe rooms in this area. i know you talked with the mayor about that today. what'd he say? >> in an off camera interview the mayor of moore spoke to us exclusively, glenn lewis told us
as soon as the cleanup process is complete, he plans to propose an ordinance that would require all new housing developments to have either a safe room or a shelter. coincidentally, anderson, glenn lewis was also the mayor of moore in 1999 when the devastated tornado shredded the community. he posed similar ordinances back then. because of that there were housing complexes here that survived the brunt of the damage. because of the neighborhood that we saw leveled by this tornado because it was an older community, it didn't have the same housing codes. so that could explain exactly why we saw the devastation we saw there. anderson. >> a lot of old houses weren't required to put in storm shelters. tornado was made worse when the only hospital in moore took a direct hit. this is what's left of the moore medical center. about 30 patients and staffers
were inside when the tornado hit as well as a couple hundred people ran in the building and came apart around them. it's incredible that no one was hurt inside, no patients, no staff members. dr. sanjay gupta joins me now. you've been talking to the woman, the doctor who was in charge of getting everybody safe in there. >> yeah. and like you heard so many times, they didn't have very much warning, about ten minutes or so. they'd been watching television. then they got what's called a code black, which basically means the tornado's definitely coming. so several things happened at once. they moved interior staff members to the center away from the glass, also take mattresses and blankets and covered their heads, they simultaneously have to think about evacuation after the storm passes through and then set up a triage area in the parking lot for injuries. so all these things are happening literally within minutes. this woman 34 years old her name is stephanie barnhart and she
put that together. she's lived here in oklahoma her whole life. she knows tornadoes, but there was nothing that could prepare her quite for like what she saw on monday. a totally different thing. >> we're outside the medical center now. i mean, it's amazing no one was hurt when you look at it. was the whole floor ripped off or the exterior structure? it looks like the exterior structure. >> yeah, but the interior of that floor is completely demolished and you have ceiling tiles. little things, we have some things very heavy for example on the second floor, that's not a place you want to be on the first floor because it could drop on the floor from above. i talked to someone yesterday as well who said he could not believe based on that type of damage -- >> they were putting you were saying mattresses on patients so they didn't get head wounds. >> that's one of the big things. you obviously want to protect your head, but patients who may not be feeling well or able to do this themselves to be able to
give them some protection. and you're hearing not just from the hospital but all over the number of brain and head injuries was astonishingly and thankfully low. maybe just because of that training. >> already we've been watching they're trying to already clear up this area. they have recovery service of vehicles already in here. they're taking out some cars. it's obviously going to be a long time before that medical center is up and running again. >> yeah, a lot of the doctors cars are flipped over, ended up in the ambulance basin or inside the hospital, this won't be working for a wliel. but she was working immediately at the next morning taking care of others. >> it is extraordinary with the death toll being 24, 24 people have lost their lives. a terrible, terrible tragedy. but when you see the level of devastation, when you see the wide path of this storm, it really could have been so much worse. >> yeah. i think it's going to be an interesting sort of case study. i was talking to some of the storm assessment people about things that didn't go right and the things that did, as you
point out it's a terrible number, but it could have been worse. why was it so slow e low? what worked here and how could it extend throughout the country. >> one of the things the governor was talking about being thankful for the media about getting the word out. but some places there had been hours of kind of warning a big storm was coming. >> as you know having covered these, it's very hard to predict. but people do seem to heed the warnings a little bit more so here. certainly in hospitals, but in other places as well. so that probably helped. >> sanjay, good to have you. thanks very much. coming up, a lot of well-known people lending a hand to the victims here in moore, oklahoma, including new york mets pitcher. he's going to explain his connection to the area next. our special coverage continues. have hail damage to both their cars. ted ted is trying to get a hold of his insurance agent. maxwell is not. he's on geico.com setting up an appointment
welcome back to our continuing coverage live from moore, oklahoma. across the nation so many family and friends struggling with the aftermath of the tornado here. new york mets pitcher jeremy heffner grew up a mile from the tv coverage. he was in the dugout before monday night's game against the cincinnati reds. two years he attended briarwood elementary school, the tornado ripped the roof off that school, tore it apart. thankfully everyone in that school survived. jeremy joins me on the phone now from new york. he's getting ready for his game
against the reds in about an hour. thanks for talking to us. how is your family doing? your relatives still here. >> they're doing well. thanks for having me. i had most of my dad's family lives in that area. and thankfully everyone's safe and all their homes are safe as well. >> what was -- when you heard the news, when you were watching the images on tv to know this area so well, what was that like? >> you know, i was really helpless. it was gut wrenching. i wanted to be there and help my fellow oklahomans. i was sad i couldn't be there in that moment. but the way the first responders responded and civilians, the way they went into the school and tried to help those kids, i mean that just shows the type of people that are in oklahoma. >> and, you know, last night i interviewed a teacher from briarwood elementary who was just amazing. she got all the kids underneath their desks. she had them playing music and a game during the tornado to try
to drown out the sound with musical instruments and a lot of parents credit her with saving them. do you remember when you were in school here safety measures in place at your schools? did you have drills and stuff? >> absolutely. i think it's kind of all over the state. but, you know, getting in the hallway of the classroom and kneeling down and putting their head between your legs, i remember doing that all the time. especially this time of year with the way this is tornado season and that type of thing, taking those measures to keep us safe. >> i know there's a lot of obviously the needs in this community are going to be great for a time to come and there's a lot of folks talking about doing fundraisers and stuff, i'm sure that's something you'll want to be involved with down the road. i appreciate you calling us today, thanks, jeremy. >> absolutely. thanks for having me. >> have a good game. jeremy hefner, pitcher for the new york mets. country star toby keith also from moore. he was there this past weekend.
here's what he had to say about the disaster. >> we grew up in tornadoes. people are resilient, prepared as well as you can be. they'll bounce back. it's a catastrophe. they'll rebound and be proud again and bounce right back. they're amazing. >> he's back here now. i'm going to talk with him tonight at 8:00 and also 10:00 eastern time. coming up we're going to switch gears to our census watch in the jodi arias case. we'll talk about that ahead and a lot more. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] he could be your soulmate. but first you've got to get him to say, "hello." new crest 3d white arctic fresh toothpaste. use it with these 3d white products,
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it was scary. i'm glad i'm christian. but it was scary. >> you're looking at what's left of the oil company he owns here in moore, oklahoma. wiped out with debris just about everywhere. he's not alone certainly. this is a reality for a lot of people living in this oklahoma city suburb. welcome back to our special coverage. i'm anderson cooper. we've got a lot to tell you about in this hour. we're going to get back to our tornado coverage in just a minute. i want to go to suzanne malveaux taking a look at other headlines from the "cnn newsroom." >> thanks, anderson. a florida man shot and killed by the fbi overnight being investigated for a possible connection to the boston bombings. a u.s. law enforcement source
says that the man identified as ibehan was from chechnya and knew both the tsarnaev brothers. i want to bring in susan candiotti and what do we know about this guy and his connection to the alleged bombers? >> here's what we're learning from our sources, suzanne. we're learning the man who shot in florida belonged to a martial arts web forum and a website. this is the same website that another chechen rebel also belonged to. this chechen rebel i'm talking about was killed last year in the chechen region back at the same time when the older of the two tsarnaev brothers who are of course suspects in the bombing investigation when tamerlan was in russia. so he was there at the same time plotnikov was killed. looking into whether they had a meeting or might have
radicalized him while he was there. the question then becomes therefore looking at any friends, anyone else who might have had a connection to tsarnaev. and that's -- they found out along ago at least a month ago that there was a possible connection there to see whether there was any linkage to the bombing investigation. so by the time they interviewed this man last night there was some kind of confrontation being described as a violent one. and that is when the fbi now says on the record that there was a confrontation that took place and that the fbi ultimately they were injured but killed this man todashev that they were questioning. a source tells me that the fbi says the shooting took place it was self-defense. so now you have a separate team looking into how all of that came about. >> susan, i imagine they probably wanted information, needed information from that connection there. what does this mean for the bombing investigation now that this individual is dead?
>> well, of course that is the question. so they'll keep looking at him because according to my sources this man allegedly had a connection between himself and both tsarnaev brothers. so that means that dzhokhar, who is currently of course in prison hospital, might also be able to provide some additional information down the road. and also, we know that not only the fbi was in florida questioning this man, but also the massachusetts state police. that is significant because the massachusetts state police has also been investigating a possible link between tamerlan, the older brother, tsarnaev in an unsolved triple murder that took place in the boston area years ago to see whether there was any linkage there. >> all right. susan, thank you. appreciate it. a happy and safe, that is how attorneys describe amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle
knight, these of course the three women rescued earlier this month in that home in cleveland being held captive for about a decade. well, ariel castro is charged with kidnapping and raping these women. in a letter from their attorneys, the women issued their first public message. amanda, gina and michelle want you to know they are all doing well. they are happy and safe and continue to heal, a process that requires time and privacy. the attorneys added that if you would like to help the women, they suggest donate to the cleveland courage fund. it's going to allow the lawyers to set up trusts for women as well as amanda berry's daughter. we are also keeping a close eye, this is phoenix, arizona, the courtroom there. that of course where jodi arias will soon find out whether or not she's going to be sentenced to death. jurors resume deliberations, that's happening in about 40 minutes or so after arias was found guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend two weeks ago she said she'd prefer death over life in prison. since then she's changed her mind. and yesterday asked the jury to
spare her life. she explained why in a jailhouse interview with a phoenix tv station. just listen. >> you told me two weeks ago that you'd rather die than go to jail for life, go to prison for life. was that a lie? >> no. i meant that when i said it. >> so what happened? >> well, the same day i was convicted i received a visit from my family. and one of my cousins really drove it home for me and told me how much it would affect them if i did anything to myself or that sort of thing. so i think they were afraid that i was going to do something. >> so your family changed your mind? so you didn't do it for you, you did it for them? >> i did. because i felt that by asking for death it's like asking for assisted suicide. and i didn't want to do that to my family. >> arias told the jury she could actually be a benefit to society by teaching illiterate prisoners to read. she said that and starting a
recycling program in prison. so there you go. anthony asking new yorkers to give him a second chance. the disgraced former democratic congressman has announced he is running for mayor of new york city. made the announcement on youtube. >> look, i made some big mistakes and i know i let a lot of people down, but i've also learned some tough lessons. i'm running for mayor because i've been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it -- >> he resigned from the house in 2011 after admitting he send lewd photos of himself to several women. well, two polls suggest that he would jump to second place in the mayoral race among democrats, but he trails front-runner christine quinn by double digits. the irs official who heads up a division accused of targeting conservative groups has now taken fifth. >> i've been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing.
>> lois lernor refused to testify. but she did say she did nothing wrong. the panel is looking into allegations that the irs put conservative political organizations under extra scrutiny when they sought tax exemptions. that's it for me. we're going to go back to anderson cooper in moore, oklahoma. hey, suzanne, thanks very much. you can see actually a disaster team truck being brought in here. there's a lot of these kind of recovery services that have already started to come, already kind of the rebuilding recovery process as well underway. this is the medical center behind me that was really destroyed. just kind of the outer envelope of it just ripped to shreds. they're already starting to try to clean up the area, try to take out some of the crushed cars around there. survivors of the deadly tornado that hit joplin, missouri, two years ago today are in moore offering their advice. what they're saying, that's next. [ woman ] for david and kelly, a playful thought...
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take a look at these pictures nasa released of the tornado that hit the oklahoma city area. gives you an idea of the size of this mastisive twister. we're seeing much better weather today which is certainly a blessing here. yesterday there was lightning and thunder driving rain for several hours. as you know 24 people are confirmed dead, 2,400 homes damaged or destroyed. fema's got a big presence here
to try to make survivors get the federal assistance they need. homeland security chief janet napolitano is going to hold a news conference here in moore about 30 minutes from now with the oklahoma governor. we'll of course bring that to you live. of the 24 people who died, we now know that ten of them were children. so that percentage has raised. and seven of those kids were killed at their school in a classroom, not in the basement as officials were earlier saying. i want to get to cnn's pamela brown in here. pamela, you actually spoke to some men who responded to that school. >> that's right. i interviewed a man earlier today his name is adam baker, he's a resident here. after the tornado he wanted to help, so he rushed over to plaza towers elementary school hoping to get there and pull out survivors. instead, anderson, when he got there he saw four deceased kids. he said there was debris on top of them, metal, wood, concrete, you name it. instead he pulled them out. he said he laid them on the
ground one-by-one and it's something that still haunts him today. he says he just can't get over it. let's take a listen to what he had to say. >> the ones that were deceased had bumps and scrapes and they probably would have made it if they weren't pinned. >> how were they pinned? >> pinned by different debris. desks, 2 x 4s, pieces of metal. >> i mean, you can never get over something like that. those images. >> no. and he said that what's interesting here as we talked about, anderson, they weren't found in a basement. he said it was a structure that was a little bit lower to the ground like a shallow structure. he said it could have been a classroom. i asked had they been in an underground bunker or some sort do you believe they would have survived that? and he said absolutely without a doubt in his mind. he hopes that with what happened things will be changed, especially schools here in tornado alley will create
underground bunkers. >> yeah. new schools i guess have to do that, but some of the old schools are not retro fitted for that and it's not mandatory they do that. whether that's going to change, i talked to the governor and mayor about that last night. the mayor was talking about trying to put an ordinance for any new homes that they'll have to have underground shelters. but it doesn't sound like there's going to be a push for schools. whether or not that changes in days ahead we'll certainly see. it's still so hard to imagine. and when you look at the medical center behind us, a lot of the people who got injured they weren't able to be brought here. there was triage areas set up and they had to be brought to other locations. it's amazing the death toll isn't higher. >> that's what everyone's talking about today. anderson, i was with someone earlier who went back to their home for the first time, their home was destroyed. and he talked about being in the bathtub with his mom clinging to his mom when the tornado went right above them. he said all he had between him and the tornado was pillows over his head. let's take a listen to what he had to say. his name is matt hill.
>> i've lost everything before. i can recover from that easy. but i mean, when you're sitting in a bathtub and holding your mom when she screams to hold her tighter because she thinks she's going to fly away and then you feel the housebreak and you can taste the dirt in your mouth. you see the debris in the sky. >> it's so incredible. i talked to a family of a little girl who was killed in the elementary school as well. we met at their church yesterday. and we don't approach families at a time like this obviously. we want them to have privacy. they wanted to talk about her. a lot of family members want you to know about their child and what she or he was like. and we're going to play a little bit of that interview later on because jannay was a vivacious little girl and there was no one else like her. we'll hear from more on him. appreciate the reporting. coming up, we'll hear from one
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oklahoma's barely begun the recovery effort after the devastating deadly tornado. perhaps no one knows better the suffering here than the people of joplin, missouri. today marks exactly two years since the tornado killed 161 people in joplin. earlier the mayor of joplin offered advice to those affected by the storm here. >> if we can share anything with them, we would like to share that there is hope. as they can see with our two years that where we are now, we have become a long way, a very long way. and it's a long struggle. it's a road that you don't want to tread, but now that you have to be on it, make sure, make sure that you involve your citizens in every line of communication that you do because they are going to be wondering what's going on, how's
the development going. so we can stress to definitely make sure of that. document everything. anything and everything that you sign, document because that will come back on you later if you don't have that. and one thing that we would really like to share is hope. there is going to be hope. there is hope because devastation doesn't last, but determination does. >> determination lasts. as well as offering hope, the mayor has also offered help to the city of moore. joplin send emergency responders to assist in the recovery. i want to show you some pictures taken right after the tornado here in moore, oklahoma. they were taken by a woman named barbara gerald after she was rescued from beneath the rubble in her house. nothing is left in this neighborhood. last night standing in front of what's left of the home, barbara told me about the terrifying moment that it crumbled around her. where in the house did you go? >> i went in my living room hallway area. i had a hall closet, coat
closet. >> right. >> so i went in there, sat on the floor, grabbed a pillow and put it over my head. and it got so loud. i knew it was hitting. and then the glasses all started breaking and popping out. my ears started popping. i felt the suction. and about that time i heard my house just flying apart but the rafters came down and pinned me. it was a good thing then the tornado couldn't suck me away. >> so the rafters kind of kept you down. >> yeah. >> that's incredible. how do you get through it? >> i almost didn't. i got through the tornado, but then i didn't think anybody was ever going to find me because i was screaming at the top of my lungs but nobody could hear me. they kept going to other people because i guess i was buried so deep. >> so you were buried under your house. >> just that one area's all that was left. everything else was gone, but got made me a little. >> how did you get rescued?
>> some guy, it wasn't first responders, just people out walking and helping. he said something just made him stop. then after he stopped he listened and he thought he heard something. and that's when he found me. he went and found a big rafter to take some of the pressure off my side. >> how long were you in there for? >> it seemed like 40 minutes, 45 minutes. >> tiffany, how about you? >> i wasn't with her. >> yeah. >> she was somehow able to get a call through to me while i was at work. i just heard her say help me, i'm buried, i can't breathe. >> so you were actually able to call from beneath the wreckage. it was a hit and miss thing. everyone was trying to call me and every now and then a call would come through. my brother got through. he beat the first responders out there. but i'd already gotten pulled out. it took six people. >> six people. >> six people. one prying it up with the rafter
and five others trying to lift just so they could get it up enough for one of them to grab my legs and slide me out. that man just stopped because he didn't really hear me and i was screaming at the top of my lungs. i know how you are about the apps on your phone. >> i'm not good with apps. >> i had the bull horn app on my phone and using it and they couldn't hear that. >> is that right? really? tiffany, what was it like to get that call from your mom? >> it was the most helpless feeling. my heart stopped. i don't ever want to get another call like that again. >> she's right here next to you so that's good. >> yes, she is. >> how long before you were able to be reunited? >> it took me about an hour to get to her after the call, yeah. i had to walk -- i had to park
my car about four miles from her. i finally gave up and parked and just started walking. >> that must have been a nightmare walk. >> yeah. done it before. >> i'm so glad you're doing okay. how do you feel now? >> i feel like i got beat up with a baseball bat. but i don't care. >> doesn't care because she's alive and she has her daughter. if you want to help those affected by the tornado, you can visit impact your world on cnn.com. now, as we have mentioned 24 people have died as a result of the tornado that slammed through this small town. seven of the victims were kids at that elementary school, ten victims were children in all. one was janay hornsby. you're going to hear from her parents, from her dad and aunt next. >> she was the best kid anybody could have.
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well, as you know, ten of the 24 people killed here in oklahoma were children. and at a time like this we work hard not to approach parents, obviously, who are grieving experiencing the worst possible thing in their lives. but sometimes parents want to talk about their child want to let people know what their child was like about the life he or she led. jenae hornsby was 9 years old and she didn't survive the storm. i want to show you how energetic jenae was. this is home video. take a look. [ laughter ] what? i'm trying to do something. i'm trying to do something. wait. >> home video that her dad, joshua, gave to us yesterday. he's a veteran of the iraq war. i had a chance to speak with him
at their church along with jenae's aunt angela. when you first saw, what did you think? >> my heart just sank and i started worrying and panicking. i just needed to find my baby. i just kept waiting and hoping that i'd find her. i was looking through the other kids that already had gotten out and just waiting. >> when did you get word about her? >> this morning. >> where were you? what happened? >> i was at first baptist church. they had opened a shelter for parents that haven't found their kids. >> what do you want people to know about your daughter? >> just she was the best kid anybody could have. she was jenae. she was, you know, a ball of energy, a ball of love. >> your face lights up. >> yeah. that's my baby. >> you're nodding your head. >> yeah, because, i mean,
there's no other kid like her. we're a unique bunch and she is all of our uniqueness balled up in to one. she's the sweetest thing, the most fun, always trying to make us laugh. just a sweet baby. sweet baby. >> does it seem real yet? >> no. it still ain't sunk in. i'm still hoping, you know, for that call to say we made a mistake. >> we wish them and all the parents who are suffering right now, we wish them peace in the difficult days ahead. a lot of people in moore braved the storm by taking shelter in safe houses. coming up we're going to show you what a storm shelter looks like, an underground shelter. our special coverage live from moore, oklahoma. [ female announcer ] your smile. like other precious things that start off white, it yellows over time. when it comes to your smile, if you're not whitening, you're yellowing. crest whitestrips whiten as well as $500 professional treatments.
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after a storm like this we're starting to see more and more images of the storm from different vantage points. charles was one of the many who took cover in a storm shelter. this is more special coverage from moore, oklahoma. a storm shelter or basement obviously can be a lifesaver from a tornado like this, but not a lot of homes in this area actually have basements. authorities complain about red tape and a federal program that helps homeowners build shelters, the cost for individuals to build a shelter in their home can be several thousand dollars. fema released this map of the green dot showing homes with safe rooms funded by federal grants. and the path in red is the path of the tornado. gary tuchman shows us how personal shelters how they work and how they can save lives. >> the people who lived in this house that was destroyed survived. they survived because they left well in advance. if they had not left well in advance, they would have survived also because they had this heavy metal storm shelter. i want to show you how it works.
you open the door and take a look inside. and you see it's very cramped inside. there's not much room, but plenty of room to survive. walk down the steps with your family. you can probably fit seven or eight people and fit important things in here, clothing, pictures, valuables. you come in and just shut the door. and you are safe and sound as a tornado goes above you. there's no doubt the people would have survived if they went inside this shelter. when the storm's over, you open up and you all come out. one thing to keep in mind you may say, wow, if the rubble falls on us, how do we get out? well, you don't lift it, you slide it. if rubble falls on top of here, you may not be able to slide it, but then you're alive and presumably you've told your relatives that you're in here and they've told rescuers and they come and rescue you. one thing you might wonder, why don't schools in the tornado belt in oklahoma and texas and kansas all have storm shelters, all have basements? well, you should point out it's
not a law. and the fact is many school districts say it's just not economically feasible to have these. they cost several thousand dollars these personal shelters. >> a local home builder says adding a whole basement to a home can cost $15,000 to $20,000. but he says a concrete built during home construction can cost as little as $2,000. it's hard as reporter sometimes to convey the magnitude of the scope of something like this. there is the overwhelming sadness of course, the loss. there's also the determination and the hope people have to move forward and the determination they have to move forward, we're seeing that today all around us. we want you to hear it for yourself firsthand for people experiencing it in their hands. listen. >> what we got here what we saw was unbelievable. the debris field was so high and so far and so wide, wounded people walking around the streets. you know, they were walking wounded. i mean, they were bloody. people had stuff sticking out of
them from things that were flying around in the air. there were cars crumpled up. buildings two and three stories long leveled. it was devastating. >> there are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms and bedrooms and classrooms. and in time we're going to need to refill those spaces with love and laughter and community. >> our people can pull together. they'll find the inner courage, their strength through prayer and neighbors are out helping fellow neighbors and we'll take care of our people. we certainly have the best first responders and emergency personnel i think in the nation. >> it's like a battle zone. there's nothing standing. no trees, no houses anywhere around, no landmarks. you don't even know where you are where you're standing over there. >> i don't think we've really processed what's truly happened. we're just trying to salvage everything we can. basically what we can carry out. we can't get a vehicle in here. we're just trying to get everything we can carry out, you
know, pictures, keepsakes, momentos. >> it's terrible. little kids, families with their homes gone, a lot of people around here don't have insurance in this neighborhood. a lot of people do, but there's a lot of people that don't. you know, where do they go from here? just got to get up and figure out a way. >> the people of moore should know that their country will remain on the ground there for them. >> this is oklahoma. when a neighbor is hurt, you don't ask what they need, you invite them in and help them. that is what we do. >> we're seeing that all around us. all around us. i'll be back at 8:00, also 10:00 tonight with "ac 360." our special coverage continues with wolf blitzer and more right after the break. ♪ if loving you is wrong
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i'm wolf blitzer in moore, oklahoma, with our special coverage of this killer tornado. the medical examiner's office now lists ten children, ten, among the 24 people who died here on monday. the mayor of this devastated city says the death toll is not expected to rise. oklahoma's governor just tweeted that 324 people were injured in the tornado. emergency management officials say 2,400 homes were damaged or destroyed. fema has a strong presence here making sure survivors get the federal assistance they desperately need. the homeland security chief janet napolitano is also here today indeed. we expect to hear from her and the oklahoma governor mary fallon at a news conference due to start any minute. we will bring