Utility powers up its expertise after a devastating tornado

Chesapeake Energy helps its employees and the community recover from a natural disaster, and it learns lessons to prepare for the next crisis.

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A devastating May 20, 2013, tornado hit Chesapeake Energy employees where they live and work, challenging the company to take care of its own at the same time it responded to meet overwhelming community needs.

The powerful tornado, with winds clocked at 210 mph, roared through Moore, Okla., and adjacent communities in suburban Oklahoma City, killing 24 people, injuring 377, and doing an estimated $2 billion in damage.

“Here in Oklahoma, we have had our share of natural disasters,” said Teresa Rose, senior director of communications at Chesapeake Energy. “Through each of these situations, we try really hard to be prepared, number one, but also learn from those experiences.”

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