Oklahoma Severe Winter Storm (DR-1355)

Incident period: December 25, 2000 to January 10, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 5, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 6, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- Thirteen additional Oklahoma counties have been added to the list of areas eligible for federal disaster assistance to local, and state governments, tribal nations and certain non--profit organizations as a result of winter storms that began Christmas Day, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials. The new counties are Blaine, Canadian, Custer, Garfield, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Mayes, Osage, Payne, Pawnee, Roger Mills and Tillman. Mayes and Tillman Counties were already designated eligible for individual assistance on Jan 23.
February 6, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- To further help individuals and businesses affected by the severe winter storms that began Christmas Day, the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open additional Disaster Recovery Centers in Pauls Valley, Sallisaw and Okmulgee. Disaster Recovery Centers in Idabel, McAlester, Poteau, Seminole and Eufaula will close Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. The Center in Ada will close on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.
February 6, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- Now that the ice has melted and electric power has been restored, for most in southeastern Oklahoma life is returning to normal. However, for many elderly, physically challenged and unable to pay, the piles of debris left by the ice storm represent an insurmountable obstacle to recovery.
January 30, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM) use various systems to identify people who try to take advantage of the assistance provided to disaster victims. "Managing a multi--million dollar disaster assistance program involves rapidly providing assistance to people in need and, at the same time, making sure that the taxpayer's money is correctly spent," said Federal Coordinating Officer C. Michel Butler, FEMA.
January 29, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- Disaster Recovery Centers will be closed on Sunday According to the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Along with the hours change, the Muskogee Center will remain open until Friday, Feb. 2. Centers in Seminole, McIntosh, Pittsburg, McCurtain, Le Flore, and Pontotoc counties will remain open until further notice. Disaster Recovery Centers are located at:
January 26, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- A month ago, severe winter storms swept across the state on Christmas Day, leaving thousands of Oklahomans cold and without electricity. Responding to a request from the governor, state and federal assistance administered by the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency became available to 39 storm--affected counties. As of January 25th:

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