Oklahoma Severe Wildfire Threat (DR-1623)

Incident period: November 27, 2005 to March 31, 2006
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 10, 2006

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 2, 2006
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Any Oklahoman who suffered losses from wildfires is encouraged to register with the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Once registered, they must stay in touch with FEMA throughout the entire process. Inspectors who collect the information that may result in financial assistance to those registering for federal and state disaster assistance for wildfire losses must be able to contact applicants during the inspection process.
February 21, 2006
News Release
Oklahoma City, OK -- State and federal officials today announced a wildfire Mitigation Outreach Partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, 530 South George Nigh Expressway in McAlester beginning Feb. 23. Specialists will provide information about wildfire mitigation to assist people who experienced damages as well as others interested in taking preventive actions to avoid fire damage. The outreach is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM).
February 14, 2006
News Release
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Even though federal and state Disaster recovery Centers are now closed, applicants for disaster assistance for damages and losses caused by wildfires can get valuable information and updated information about their status by using the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free Helpline. Anyone with questions or needing more information can call the Helpline daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a hearing or speech impairment can call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
February 10, 2006
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- State and federal officials today announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) Mitigation Outreach Partnership with Lowe's Home Improvement Stores, 4817 North Kickapoo Street in Shawnee and 2701 12 th Avenue NW in Ardmore . Specialists will provide information about wildfire mitigation to assist people who experienced damages as well as others interested in taking preventive actions to avoid fire damage.
February 9, 2006
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- State and federal officials today announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) Mitigation Outreach Partnership with Lowe?s Home Improvement Stores, 11114 South Memorial Drive in Bixby and 1746 South Lynn Riggs Boulevard in Claremore. Specialists will provide information about wildfire mitigation to assist people who experienced damages as well as others interested in taking preventive actions to avoid fire damage.
February 8, 2006
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Checks totaling more than $1,000,000 are in the hands of 113 residents who qualify for federal and state disaster assistance for damages and losses caused by the wildfires that have affected the state since Nov. 27, 2005. More grants are being approved on a daily basis. President Bush declared 12 Oklahoma counties major disaster areas on Jan. 10. An additional 14 counties were added to the declaration on Jan. 27. In all, 549 individuals have registered for various disaster aid programs.

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