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
June 15, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – State and federal disaster assistance now tops $7.6 million for Oklahoma homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the May 18-June 2 severe storms, flooding and tornadoes. More than 10,000 households in six designated counties have applied for assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the storms. The designated counties are Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie.
June 14, 2013
Joy radiates from Bob McKee’s face as he reclaims his cat, “Mr. Social” from the shelter where the pet has been kept safe since severe storms, flooding and tornadoes hit Oklahoma May 18 – June 2. McKee said he was thrilled to find his yellow cat. “He is my wife’s favorite,” he says.After the McKee home was damaged, there was debris piled high in front of the house. Mr. Social used to go in and out of the house prowling through the piles. One night he didn’t come home. Luckily, he was found and taken to a shelter, where McKee reclaimed him 48 hours later.
June 12, 2013
People often find that a major disaster can inflict damage long after the storms have passed. Jobs are lost. Day-to-day life is disrupted. Communities struggle to rebuild. And frequently, survivors sink into depression or emotional turmoil. The fact that all of these are common post-disaster experiences doesn’t make it any easier for people to cope with them. However, a presidential disaster declaration unlocks specialized programs aimed at helping survivors get back on their feet.
June 12, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Canadian County who sustained damage as a result of recent back-to-back storms may now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. The federal disaster declaration now covers damage incurred by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes May 18 through June 2. Individual Assistance was extended to Canadian County after a review of ongoing damage assessments by officials from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 10, 2013
Oklahoma homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes can apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from the May 18-27 severe storms and tornadoes.
June 7, 2013
Angel Ocasio is a FEMA applicant services representative working at the State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Little Axe Elementary School. His job is to ensure that survivors get everything they are eligible to receive. Sometimes that means helping the survivor figure out what documents they may need to keep their disaster assistance applications moving along.Many documents can be replaced by contacting the companies or agencies which issued them. Some of the places you may want to contact include: State of Oklahoma