KSN talks to Moore woman who survived tornado


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MOORE, Oklahoma — Susan Benn walks through her Moore home that she now calls a shattered life.

She says the warning system of sirens and phone calls that she received probably saved her life and that of her husband.

The city of Moore says the siren system worked.

They tripled the number of those from 12 to 36.

They changed that after the tornado in 1999.

“Our phones went off, and our phones off again and they are telling us to get underground,” said Benn.

“We heard the sirens,” she said. “I had to coerce my husband to actually get into the hallway. He’s watching the TV and I’m like, ‘Come on, we really need to get in the hallway,’ and he’s like, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘Honey, the ground’s shaking.'”

Benn and her husband dove into an interior hallway. She says it saved her life.

“So I just grabbed him by the arm, took him into the hallway, covered him up with a blanket and grabbed the dog and the cats were already in the hallway and, literally, the house started coming down around us.”

“If he would have stayed another 10 seconds, he would have been dead, because there’s no living room,” she said.

Several residents in the neighborhood are putting up tents to stay in and to protect their property from possible looters.

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