Oklahoma Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1465)

Incident period: May 8, 2003 to May 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 10, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 14, 2003
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) advise those who have disaster-damaged household chemicals to dispose of them safely. Damaged household chemicals, not handled properly, may be a threat to your safety. Chemicals such as paints, varnishes, kitchen cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides and any flammable liquids need to be disposed of by using one of the several collection locations set up around the Oklahoma City area.
May 14, 2003
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- State and federal officials announce the counties of Lincoln and Osage eligible for Public Assistance based on a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials. On May 10, President George W. Bush declared nine counties (Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie) eligible for individual assistance and the counties of Cleveland and Oklahoma eligible for Public Assistance to assist with debris removal and emergency protective measures.
May 13, 2003
News Release
» En Español Oklahoma City, OK -- To further help individuals and businesses affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that began on May 8, the Oklahoma Dept. of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are opening five Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC).
May 12, 2003
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- State and federal officials announce the operation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teleregistration line to assist those who have been affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that began on May 8. Under the disaster declaration, individuals and businesses residing in the counties of Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie are eligible to apply for federal aid.
May 10, 2003
News Release
Washington, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has authorized the release of federal disaster funds to help meet the recovery needs of families and businesses in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma.

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