Oklahoma Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-4117)

Incident period: May 18, 2013 to June 2, 2013
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 20, 2013
  • Information on Rebuilding Safer and Stronger is available for disaster survivors.  Taking Hazard Mitigation actions now may reduce the loss of life and property in future disasters.  Visit our Mitigation page for access to publications and videos that outline FEMA guidelines for the construction of safe rooms.
  • Visit our Rumor Control page for a list of identified rumors and help us combat misinformation.

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 27, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans affected by the recent severe storms and tornadoes may now visit a Disaster Recovery Center. The center is a one-stop shop where survivors may go for information about state, federal or other disaster assistance. Cleveland CountyLittle Axe Elementary School2000 168th Ave. NENorman, OK 73026Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice
May 26, 2013
There is a lot of misinformation circulating on social networks regarding the response and recovery effort for the Oklahoma Tornado. Rumors spread fast: please tell a friend, share this page and help us provide accurate information about the types of assistance available. Check here often for an on-going list of rumors and their true or false status. 
May 25, 2013
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides the opportunity to take critical mitigation measures to reduce future loss of life and property during the reconstruction process following a disaster. HMGP is available, when authorized under a Presidential major disaster declaration, in the Tribe or areas of the State requested by the Governor. The chart below illustrates the steps for Communities, States, Tribes, and FEMA. Read this Fact Sheet (PDF) for more information.
May 24, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent severe storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.
May 24, 2013
Blog entry
As you have seen on TV, a tornado leaves behind large amounts of wreckage and debris.  Unfortunately, that debris is generally made up of people’s homes, community buildings, cars, trees, and all sorts of things that a tornado may destroy with winds that can exceed 200 MPH. In order for disaster survivors to even think about rebuilding their homes or their schools or hospitals the debris needs to be picked up and removed.  FEMA and the federal government can assist by helping to pay debris removal costs.
May 23, 2013
News Release
WASHINGTON - In the wake of severe storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma, voluntary agencies continue to be a vital member of the disaster response and recovery team, working alongside state, tribal and local emergency responders to assist in caring for the immediate needs of survivors. The public can play an important role with the emergency management team, volunteering their time, money, and energy to help disaster survivors and their families. There are ways individuals can support the ongoing response and recovery efforts, whether they live in the affected area or across the country.


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