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

January 24, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- Fourteen additional Oklahoma counties have been added to the list of areas eligible for federal disaster assistance as a result of winter storms that began Christmas Day, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials. Caddo, Comanche, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Ottawa, Rogers and Tillman counties have been designated for assistance including minimal housing repair, rental assistance, low--interest loans, and grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs.
January 23, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) will be responding to the needs of elderly, handicapped, incapacitated or those otherwise unable to clear debris caused by the winter storms, Federal Coordinating Officer C Michel Butler with the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today. In order to qualify, applicants must have no insurance covering debris removal. Contact points for debris removal are as follows:
January 19, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- Thirty--nine Oklahoma counties will now be eligible for the full complement of federal assistance to eligible local and state governments, tribal nations and certain private non--profit organizations. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides funds for both emergency assistance and permanent work needed to repair, restore and replace public property damaged in the wake of the winter storms that began Christmas Day. Categories of work include:
January 17, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise Oklahoma's residents to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean and repair disaster damage to their homes and businesses. "In disaster situations, scam artists are often ready to take advantage of the misfortunes of others," warns State Coordinating Officer Fred Liebe of the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM).
January 15, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- Within four days of the Presidential declaration for disaster aid to 39 Oklahoman counties, checks for disaster housing assistance were mailed to some of the victims of the severe winter storms, say officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer, C. Michel Butler, the first checks are already out. "We've issued 149 checks for disaster housing payments, totaling $118,409. They're in the mail, and may have already been received."
January 12, 2001
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster Teleregistration line has experienced extremely heavy call volume this week, due to multiple disaster declarations in several states at the same time. Because of this, some callers are experiencing waits of up to 15 minutes or longer.

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