Statement From Governor Brad Henry:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Picher and all of the other Oklahoma communities that have been impacted by the latest wave of severe weather.
"We are doing everything we can to help citizens who have suffered damages in today's tornados. I have dispatched National Guard members, state emergency management personnel and additional law enforcement officers to the hardest-hit areas, including the town of Picher. We will be coordinating resources with local first responders and emergency management officials to make sure our response and rescue efforts are as effective as possible and that Oklahomans get the assistance they need.
"We know we have lost lives in Picher and we pray the losses do not rise any higher.
"We will certainly face some significant challenges in the hours and days ahead, but we will overcome them by working together. Oklahomans respond to crisis better than anyone."
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