Tornado Hits Oklahoma Area

Industry Companies Check In

Oklahoma TornadoA huge tornado that tore through parts of Oklahoma City, OK, and the city's surrounding suburbs has left at least 24 people dead and more than 150 others being treated in local hospitals. Local officials this morning are still combing through the rubble that the tornado left in its wake, looking for victims. While much of the damage was inflicted on the suburb of Moore, OK, parts of Oklahoma City were also impacted.

"Numerous neighborhoods were completely leveled," said Sergeant Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department on Monday night. "Neighborhoods just wiped clean." Knight said debris and damage to roadways, along with heavy traffic, were hindering emergency responders as they raced to the affected areas.

Counselor has reached out this morning to more than a dozen ASI-listed companies in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas, and no company has as of yet reported any impact from yesterday's storm. "We are safe," said Bobby Lehew, chief branding officer for Robyn Promotions (asi/309656), which is based in Oklahoma City. "All Robyn employees and their families are accounted for. I don't know [yet of] any industry companies in the area that were affected."

Walker Companies (asi/354535), also based in Oklahoma City, said it is open for business and all of its employees are ok. The company did have a few employees, though, whose homes were close to the tornado's path but are still standing. "Having lived in the Midwest all of my life, I have grown up with seeing storms and the damage that results," said Connie Root, promotional sales rep for Walker Companies. "Nothing can prepare you for the sights and sounds of this one. We have friends that have lost everything – their homes and businesses are gone. I think the impact of this storm and the loss of so many lives is going to affect us forever."

If your company was in the path of the tornado, please let us know how you're doing and whether your company is operational by sending a brief e-mail to Andy Cohen at acohen@asicentral.com. We'll place updates on how local companies are faring on our website at www.asicentral.com.