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 17, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- After Oklahoma's tornadoes this month, it seemed everyone needed help. But some people - particularly seniors and people with disabilities - need more help than others. Local church groups, volunteer agencies like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) team are working together to locate those people with special needs and make sure they get the help they need.
May 15, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Individuals affected by the May 3-5 tornadoes, severe storms and flooding can get timely disaster recovery information and answers to important questions regarding disaster recovery and prevention from toll-free telephone numbers. Teleregistration Line . . . . 800-462-9029 (TTY: 800-462-7585)
May 13, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Secretary of Commerce Howard Barnett announced today that the Oklahoma Department of Commerce has set up a toll free line to help businesses damaged in the May 3rd tornadoes. Business owners should call 1-877-OKLA BUS (655-2287). Barnett said the line will be manned from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
May 13, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal and state agencies are working in partnership to help Oklahoma residents following the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding of May 3-5.
May 12, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' massive debris removal operation began today in Oklahoma City, Mulhall and Choctaw. Debris removal in Stroud begins Thursday, May 13. Seven debris removal crews hit the streets initially, and more will join the operation Thursday and Friday. Additional pickups will be scheduled until all the debris is removed.
May 12, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- State and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in seven Oklahoma counties are now eligible for federal financial assistance to help pay for rebuilding road systems, public buildings and certain other property damaged by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that occurred May 3-5.

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