Oklahoma Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-Line Winds (DR-1970)
Incident period: April 14, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 22, 2011
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
January 30, 2012
DENTON, Texas -- Nearly a year after Atoka County in Oklahoma was declared a federal disaster area following the April 14, 2011, tornado, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have approved more than $1.6 million in Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance for affected residents.
June 13, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Survivors have just one week left to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to recover from the April 14 storms and tornadoes in Atoka County. Homeowners, renters and business owners in Atoka County who sustained property damage should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before Tuesday, June 21. That deadline is also the last day to return loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
May 6, 2011
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hardworking men and women with the town of Tushka, Atoka County, Choctow Nation, Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management, FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA), who have worked tirelessly since April 14 to help Tushka residents recover from the EF-3 tornado that devastated the small community. As the Federal Coordinating Officer for this Major Disaster Declaration, it has been a privilege to help coordinate the relief and recovery operation.
May 5, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- If you live in Atoka County and sustained damage in the April 14 tornado, don’t miss your opportunity to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) if you need assistance. The DRC in Tushka operated by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will close on Monday, May 9, 2011. The good news for those who still need help from the Small Business Administration (SBA) is that a SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) will open in the same location to continue to serve the county.
May 5, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – Atoka County renters who lost their homes or personal property as a result of the April 14 tornado might be missing out on assistance. Renters may be eligible for a range of disaster-related assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies, such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
May 4, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – A safe room built adjacent to Tushka Public School in Atoka County, Oklahoma, sheltered approximately half the town’s residents, and very possibly saved their lives, during the April 14 tornado. Nearly 200 men, women, children and firefighters stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the safe room and rode out winds of up to 165 miles-per-hour. “The death toll would have been much higher had there not been a safe room to take shelter in,” said Tushka Mayor Brickie Griffin. “We are thankful we had a safe room on April 14.”