Oklahoma Tornadoes, Severe Storms, and Flooding (DR-1272)

Incident period: May 3, 1999 to May 4, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 4, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 7, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Mulhall Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Logan County, which has operated since May 19, will close at 6 p.m. Friday, June 11, according to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM). Area residents can still get answers to questions from applying for disaster assistance to the status of their applications by calling FEMA's toll-free Helpline at 800-525-0321 (TTY: 800-660-8005), or by visiting a recovery center at one of the following locations:
June 4, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Did you know that a home is four times more likely to flood than burn during the course of a 30-year mortgage? It's a statistic residents in Craig and Ottawa counties experienced first hand during the May 3-5 tornadoes, severe storms and flooding. "One thing we know for sure about floods is that if your area flooded during this storm, it's likely to flood again," State Coordinating Officer Fred Liebe said. "So, property owners have a responsibility to themselves, their families and their neighbors to rebuild in a way that reduces future flood losses."
June 4, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin debris cleanup on private property in Oklahoma City this weekend. Oklahoma City property owners in the disaster-affected area who wish to have their debris removed by the Corps of Engineers are encouraged to pick up right-of-entry forms from the Oklahoma City Disaster Recovery Center or from the Oklahoma City Public Works Department. Rights of entry are absolutely necessary so that Corps contractors may enter private property to remove debris.
June 3, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Disaster assistance is available to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses as a result of the May 3-5 tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, according to federal and state officials. This includes funding for debris removal, fence rebuilding and conservation structure repairs.
June 3, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- In the first month since Oklahoma's May disaster, state and federal assistance in the 19 eligible counties has totaled more than $54 million, disaster recovery officials said today.Nearly 9,000 Oklahomans have registered for assistance so far and others have nearly a month to register if they suffered damage in the May 3-5 tornadoes, storms and flooding. The July 2 deadline to register is 60 days after the presidential declaration of disaster.
May 26, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Individuals with disaster-related damage and losses can be assured if they qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM), they will receive help. State Coordinating Officer Fred Liebe emphasized the primary concern during a disaster is for the recovery of its victims. "People who intentionally try to defraud the government are taking money away from those who are truly in need," he said.

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