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

May 25, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- City officials have determined disaster areas in Oklahoma City to be a health and safety hazard following the May 3-5 tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, giving the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the authority to assign the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove disaster debris from private property, with the property owner's permission. "At this time we have only been asked by Oklahoma City to pick up debris on private property," said Tom Logsdon, the Corps' project manager for debris removal in Oklahoma.
May 25, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The American Red Cross, the state, SBA and FEMA are working together to help disaster victims. For urgent needs such as food and household items, call the american red cross at 1-877-753-7324. For longer-term needs such as funds for housing assistance and home repairs call 1-800-462-9029.
May 24, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that occurred May 3-5 are over, the disaster has been Presidentially declared, and many people who suffered damage and losses are registering for federal and state assistance. What happens next? People who indicate during the registration process that their homes were destroyed or damaged may qualify for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Housing program.
May 21, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An outreach and referral program for people experiencing stress-related problems as a result of the May 3-5 tornadoes, severe storms and flooding has been funded through a 60-day immediate services grant of $452,199 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "People's lives have been disrupted by this devastating disaster, and FEMA is pleased to provide this help," Federal Coordinating Office Robert Hendrix said in approving the grant application.
May 21, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- It's a cliche - a heart-warming cliche - but it's true. Disaster can bring out the best in people. More than 3,000 volunteers have already funneled through a volunteer command center here to help after the May 3 tornadoes, and more arrive daily. The command center is run by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which is coordinating all volunteer Oklahoma relief efforts.
May 21, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Over a seven-day period, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor has removed more than 143,000 cubic yards of debris from five communities hit hard by the May 3-5 tornadoes and storms.

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