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

July 16, 2013
Updates
Through August 30, the Optometry Strong Tornado Relief Project is providing free eye exams and replacement eyeglasses and contact lenses to Oklahomans impacted by the recent disasters. The 150 eye physicians involved in the project, donating their time and skills at both their own offices and temporary locations in disaster-affected areas, are examples of the many Oklahomans who are volunteering wisely.   
July 16, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma residents who suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds of May 18-June 2 now have more time to apply for state and federal disaster assistance. The new registration deadline is Monday, August 19. The registration period normally lasts for 60 days following a disaster, but this extension gives Oklahomans an extra month to update insurance information and find other documents needed to complete or supplement their applications.
July 10, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – To meet the needs of Oklahomans impacted by the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in El Reno will transition into a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center on July 15.
July 2, 2013
Updates
While Rick Bayless was in his hometown of Oklahoma City on June 24, raising $40,000 for tornado relief with three pop-up restaurants, he found time to record two public service announcements. In one recording, Bayless highlighted the good work of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Rick has a lot of followers. Many people will see this PSA just because of his name,” said David Tester, the food bank’s video storyteller.
July 2, 2013
Updates
There are many examples of generous people and businesses looking for ways to make a difference for survivors of last month’s tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and severe storms. Providing cash to trusted organizations empowers volunteers to furnish exactly what is needed. When giving, people are urged to donate wisely. Cash donations allow nonprofit agencies to shop at local businesses. This helps the local economy to recover.
July 2, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – A June 28 amendment to the major disaster declaration for Oklahoma, following the devastating May tornadoes, severe storms, straight line winds, and flooding now includes public assistance funding for 16 counties.

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