Oklahoma Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-4117)

Incident period: May 18, 2013 to June 2, 2013
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 20, 2013
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Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 24, 2013
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 an
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
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.
August 8, 2013
Guthrie, Okla. July 30, 2013—FEMA Corps member volunteers at Horse Feathers Equine Ranch. The horse shelter provided numerous resources for horses impacted by the recent storms in Oklahoma. Photo by Mary Burns/FEMA Corps FEMA Corps members were among the volunteers that helped Horse Feathers Equine Rescue in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The workers at Horse Feathers Equine Rescue provided assistance to disaster-impacted horses following the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in Oklahoma on May 18-June 2.


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