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 10, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- New information on the Federal, state and local response to the Oklahoma disaster.
May 10, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Local jurisdictions now have through June 3 to contract for debris removal to receive 100 percent federal funding, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials. Typically jurisdictions have 72 hours from a presidentially declared disaster to formalize an emergency services agreement. "Extending the debris removal time allows local jurisdictions a better opportunity to plan their work projects more efficiently and effectively," said Fred Liebe, state coordinating officer of the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM).
May 9, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- A massive debris removal operation will get underway this week, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today. They have the huge task of coordinating the removal of 500,000 cubic yards of debris from the first 11 counties included in the Presidential disaster declaration in the wake of the tornadoes and severe storms of May 3-5.
May 9, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Only two days after President Bill Clinton issued the disaster declaration. May 4, the first financial assistance checks have been approved for Oklahomans whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that occurred May 3-5.
May 7, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal, state and local officials are responding to the disasters in Oklahoma and Kansas. The following is the latest information on the situation: Oklahoma
May 7, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent eight search dogs with their handlers and a Search Team Manager to Oklahoma to aid in the search for 13 persons still unaccounted for following Monday's devastating tornadoes. The dogs and their handlers come from four of FEMA's 27 Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, which are available for deployment by FEMA to major disaster areas. The dogs and handlers working in Oklahoma are from US&R teams from Lincoln, Neb.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Seattle, Wash.; and Boone County, Mo.

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