Living up to the Oklahoma Standard
Twenty-five years ago this month a homemade bomb gutted this city’s Alfred P. Murrah federal office building, killing 168 people (including 19 children) in the largest act of domestic terrorism that has ever occurred in the United States to this day.
Now, OKC and the rest of the nation are faced with uncertain circumstances with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Just as we faced the trials and challenges in the days, months and even years after the 1995 bombing, we must again apply the same type of response and community effort in combating the spread of this horrible and deadly virus.
Oklahomans’ response to the bombing tragedy was unmatched. OKC civic leaders and the rest of the community were selfless in how they poured their energies into helping the victims and providing on-going support for the survivors. We call it The Oklahoma Standard.
The Oklahoma Standard is best described as banding together in a community-wide display of cooperation and collaboration. That spirit of cooperation and collaboration has been part of this city’s DNA since 1889 and has helped people overcome many challenges.
As always the Chamber’s response to the Oklahoma City community is our willingness to walk step-by-step with business leaders as they work to protect their staff, their families and the communities they serve. We continue to be in close counsel with the community and are ramping up our efforts to ensure that citizens are aware of the latest and best precautions as we fight against this infectious virus.
We encourage all our members to keep updated on the most current resources for the business community by visiting www.okcchamber.com/covid19.
Roy H. Williams, CCE
Chamber CEO & President