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

February 6, 2006
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, O.K. -- With sizeable disaster assistance checks being distributed to those who qualify for Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) grant programs, officials are urging recipients to handle the money with caution and confine spending to disaster-related losses. Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr said that experience shows that disposition of assistance checks inevitably causes problems for some survivors in every disaster.
February 3, 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 Warehouse, 2901 Old Shawnee in Muskogee. 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 2, 2006
News Release
OKlAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Checotah on Saturday, Feb. 4, and serve applicants for federal and state disaster assistance through Wednesday, Feb. 8. A second DRC continues to operate in Garvin County . McIntosh County Feb 4 through Feb 8 Checotah Senior Citizen/Comm Center 611 North Broadway Street Checotah, OK 74426 To serve applicants from: McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee and Pittsburg counties Daily: 9am to 7pm; Sunday 2/5, 12 noon to 4pm
January 17, 2006
News Release
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- State and federal officials announce the opening of the first two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) that will be a direct information resource for Oklahomans applying for disaster assistance for wildfire damages and losses. The DRCs will open on Thursday, Jan. 19. Locations and dates of operation for these two centers are:Oklahoma County Jan. 19 through Jan. 22 Edmond Community Center 28 East Main Edmond, OK 73083 Thurs – Sat: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
January 17, 2006
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- State and federal community relations teams are being deployed into Oklahoma’s disaster-declared counties to contact affected residents with damages and losses and assist them in their recovery efforts from the wildfires. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now have six federal community relations specialists and their state counterparts working in the disaster neighborhoods.
January 16, 2006
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- More than $215,000 in federal grants is now on its way to Oklahoma residents affected by wildfires. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been accepting applications for assistance since a federal disaster declaration was approved for the state on January 10, 2006.

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