WOODWARD, Okla., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Woodward, Okla., and Apache Corporation (NYSE,Nasdaq: APA) today announced that an Apache donation will enable the city to replace its tornado warning system with new equipment that will include battery backup and redundant controls.
A tornado ripped through the western Oklahoma town shortly after midnight on April 15. Six people died and more than 20 were injured.
The signal tower for Woodward's tornado sirens was struck by lightning and the tornado hit the community moments later. Apache's $350,000 donation will fund the city's emergency acquisition of a state-of-the-art tornado warning system that will continue to operate in the case of an interruption of power. Installation of the new equipment is expected to begin this week.
Mayor Roscoe Hill commended the company, stating, "Apache is a long-term corporate citizen of Woodward. This very generous contribution demonstrates their profound commitment to our community. By dedicating funds to upgrade our early warning systems, Apache is saving lives, and we are extremely grateful."
"The City of Woodward is an important hub for Apache's operations in western Oklahoma and home for some of our employees," said Rob Johnston, Central Region vice president. "Our hearts go out to the families who were impacted by this devastating event. This donation is one way for Apache to help the community rebuild, rebound and be prepared for future tornadoes."
Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia and Argentina. From time to time, Apache posts announcements, updates and investor information, in addition to copies of all press releases, on its website, www.apachecorp.com.
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