BKD Helps Clean Up Residences Hit by Okla. Tornado

Employees from three offices of Springfield, Mo.-based BKD (FY12 net revenue of $401.8 million) helped clean up residences in Moore, Okla., that were destroyed by a tornado May 20.

The Oklahoma Society of CPAs is also in the process of mobilizing efforts with members and community leaders to help victims of the Moore tornado. On May 31, the team of BKD employees worked with Serve Moore, a collaborative group of churches and organizations that is leading volunteer initiatives to help Moore residents, AccountingWeb reported.

The May 20 tornado killed 23 people and left thousands of others homeless. The volunteers spent the late morning and afternoon working at two homes, combing through the debris and identifying potential valuables for the homeowners. “What impacted me the most was interacting with some of the people,” Todd Lisle, MP of the Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Enid BKD offices, told AccountingWeb. “Some were in a daze. They were still in shock. Others seemed to be doing fine and were processing what had happened.” Lisle described the area as looking like a “war zone” and added that most of the homes he saw were either completely or largely destroyed.