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May 16, 2014
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – One year after severe storms and tornadoes, including an EF-5 tornado, devastated the central region of Oklahoma, progress continues to be made for survivors and communities affected. Millions of dollars in state and federal assistance has helped in repairing and rebuilding homes, businesses and schools damaged by the storms.
November 13, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Nearly six months after the start of deadly tornadoes that struck the state, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and FEMA urge Oklahomans to continue to stay prepared for severe weather. During this time of year, that means being ready for hazardous winter weather conditions. Wednesday, Nov. 13 is Winter Weather Preparedness Day in Oklahoma. As we near the winter weather season, this is a time for Oklahomans to become prepared for freezing temperatures and the snow and ice that may accompany them. Travel
November 6, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – An additional $5.8 million has recently been approved in federal funding for recovery in Oklahoma following the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 18 – June 2, 2013. This amount includes three awards: $1.3 million for crisis counseling services; $3.5 million for debris removal; and $1 million for public electric utilities. This funding—along with additional amounts from Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and the U.S.
September 24, 2013
Updates
    Mindy Chaddock opens the door of her family’s safe room in Moore, Oklahoma. Chaddock and nine family members took refuge in the shelter while an EF-5 tornado reduced everything around them to rubble on May 20, 2013.
September 24, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – An additional $4.6 million has been approved in federal funding for debris clearance in Oklahoma following the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 18 – June 2, 2013. This figure, along with additional amounts from Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), brings State and federal assistance for Oklahoma to nearly $75 million.
September 24, 2013
Updates
Residential safe room in Moore, OKWhen an EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore on May 20, 2013, an “in-residence” safe room saved the lives of Doreen Hunt and her daughter Anastasia. 
August 30, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – The deadline to register for state and federal disaster assistance for the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 18 and June 2 is quickly approaching. Monday, Aug. 19 is the last day that homeowners, renters and business owners can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Survivors can do so by calling (800) 621-3362, registering online at disasterassistance.gov, or using a smartphone typing in m.fema.gov.
August 29, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – An additional $4.9 million has been approved in federal funding for debris clearance in Oklahoma following the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 18 – June 2, 2013. This figure along with additional amounts from Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) brings State and federal assistance for Oklahoma to nearly $70 million.
August 12, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – While federal hazard mitigation funding is typically awarded to states months after a major disaster declaration, Oklahoma is already receiving expedited funds to pay for approved mitigation projects. More than $1.8 million has so far been obligated to communities in Oklahoma. Included in that amount is a $1 million grant for Oklahoma City homeowners who were chosen by a random selection process to receive safe room rebates in 2012. 
August 9, 2013
Updates
FEMA Mitigation funds can now be expedited within 30 days of a presidential disaster declaration, in large part because of a productive partnership between the hazard mitigation teams at the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and FEMA Region 6.

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