Collection: Oklahoma tornadoes May 2013

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Oklahoma Severe Storms And Tornadoes (DR-4117) 05/20/2013
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September 20, 2013
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  • After an EF-5 tornado flattened neighborhoods in Moore and Oklahoma City, therapy dogs visited survivors, first responders, and volunteers to offer comfort and consolation.

    Therapy Dogs Helping in Oklahoma

    Video by Judith Grafe
    After an EF-5 tornado flattened neighborhoods in Moore and Oklahoma City, therapy dogs visited survivors, first responders, and volunteers to offer comfort and consolation.
  • On May 20, 2013 an EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma.  On May 21, FEMA set up a Disaster Recovery Center in Moore to process applications for the residents.  DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino traveled to Moore on May 22 to meet with the survivors.

    The Oklahoma Tornado

    Video by Judith Grafe
    On May 20, 2013 an EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma. On May 21, FEMA set up a Disaster Recovery Center in Moore to process applications for the residents. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino traveled to Moore on May 22 to meet with the survivors.
  • B-Roll driving through some of the hardest hit areas of Oklahoma City after the tornado struck on May 20, 2013. Nat sound, no captions.

    B-Roll Oklahoma Tornado

    Video by Judith Grafe
    B-Roll driving through some of the hardest hit areas of Oklahoma City after the tornado struck on May 20, 2013. Nat sound, no captions.
  • A series of tornadoes struck central Oklahoma, including one that was an EF-5 on May 20, 2013.  FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Little Axe Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Norman, OK

    Video by Judith Grafe
    A series of tornadoes struck central Oklahoma, including one that was an EF-5 on May 20, 2013. FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Little Axe Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma.
  • The EF-5 tornado that struck Moore and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013 caused 24 deaths and massive destruction.  Some residents had storm shelters, and while their homes were destroyed, their lives were spared.

    Storm Shelters Save Lives

    Video by Judith Grafe
    The EF-5 tornado that struck Moore and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013 caused 24 deaths and massive destruction. Some residents had storm shelters, and while their homes were destroyed, their lives were spared.
  • FEMA Corps members arrived in Oklahoma to support the Disaster Reserve Workforce with the job of helping survivors of the EF-5 tornado that passed through on May 20, 2013.  There were 24 deaths and massive destruction that caused President Obama to declare the area a federal disaster.

    FEMA Corps Helps in Oklahoma

    Video by Judith Grafe
    FEMA Corps members arrived in Oklahoma to support the Disaster Reserve Workforce with the job of helping survivors of the EF-5 tornado that passed through on May 20, 2013. There were 24 deaths and massive destruction that caused President Obama to declare the area a federal disaster.
  • A series of tornadoes hit Central Oklahoma, again, only this time FEMA was there and had to take shelter.  The JFO had run several drills for the employees to know where to go in case of a tornado.  It paid off.  The sirens went off at 6:30 pm and everyone headed for their shelter room.  Some local residents knocked at the doors to the JFO and asked if they could shelter with FEMA.  About ten residents and one dog joined FEMA as tornadoes passed by during a period of two hours.

    FEMA Takes Shelter

    Video by Judith Grafe
    A series of tornadoes hit Central Oklahoma, again, only this time FEMA was there and had to take shelter. The JFO had run several drills for the employees to know where to go in case of a tornado. It paid off. The sirens went off at 6:30 pm and everyone headed for their shelter room. Some local residents knocked at the doors to the JFO and asked if they could shelter with FEMA. About ten residents and one dog joined FEMA as tornadoes passed by during a period of two hours.
  • During storms families and their pets can get separated.
The city of Moore, OK has established a temporary animal shelter to help owners reunite with there pets.

    Moore OK Animal Shelter

    Video by Richard Cardona
    During storms families and their pets can get separated. The city of Moore, OK has established a temporary animal shelter to help owners reunite with there pets.
  • FEMA Provee servicios en  el idioma español para supervivientes que no dominen el idioma inglés. Desde servicio en internet, operadores que hablan el idioma.

FEMA help to Spanish-speaking survivors can also be offered in their native Spanish language. Operators are available and a Spanish web page also.

    Supporting multilingual survivors

    Video by Richard Cardona
    FEMA Provee servicios en el idioma español para supervivientes que no dominen el idioma inglés. Desde servicio en internet, operadores que hablan el idioma. FEMA help to Spanish-speaking survivors can also be offered in their native Spanish language. Operators are available and a Spanish web page also.
  • Are we having more disasters now?  While the scientists decide the issue, weather alerts are becoming more important.  Weather alerts are broadcast on weather radios, smartphone apps, and the National Weather Service website.

    Weather Alerts

    Video by Judith Grafe
    Are we having more disasters now? While the scientists decide the issue, weather alerts are becoming more important. Weather alerts are broadcast on weather radios, smartphone apps, and the National Weather Service website.
  • Faith Based responders are some of the first groups in a disaster area. They are volunteers that help survivors in those first desperate hours. The service is free of charge and non-denominational

    Faith Based Responders

    Video by Richard Cardona
    Faith Based responders are some of the first groups in a disaster area. They are volunteers that help survivors in those first desperate hours. The service is free of charge and non-denominational
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Organization  supports feeding mission to May tornado survivors. It works in combination with the Red Cross and Salvation Army in disasters nation wide.

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

    Video by Richard Cardona
    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Organization supports feeding mission to May tornado survivors. It works in combination with the Red Cross and Salvation Army in disasters nation wide.
  • Donations are invaluable to survivors and their recovery after a disaster.  The response of donated goods for the survivors of Oklahoma's recent storms has been overwhelming.  Donations of goods require intensive sorting, inventorying, and warehousing.  The state of Oklahoma and FEMA found it necessary to rent a 300,000 sq. foot warehouse to hold all of the donations.

    Oklahoma Donations Warehouse

    Video by Judith Grafe
    Donations are invaluable to survivors and their recovery after a disaster. The response of donated goods for the survivors of Oklahoma's recent storms has been overwhelming. Donations of goods require intensive sorting, inventorying, and warehousing. The state of Oklahoma and FEMA found it necessary to rent a 300,000 sq. foot warehouse to hold all of the donations.
  • RaiseSomeHope.org is one of many volunteer groups that have been helping the survivors of the May tornadoes in Central Oklahoma.  The Hope Station was set up in front of the Plaza Towers Elementary School to help the students, teachers, and neighbors cope with the tragedy.  Seven students perished in the May 20 tornado in Moore, OK.  The survivors talk about the experience while painting bricks that were saved from the school and special t-shirts.  For many of them it is the beginning of their healing.

    Sharing Stories to Heal

    Video by Judith Grafe
    RaiseSomeHope.org is one of many volunteer groups that have been helping the survivors of the May tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. The Hope Station was set up in front of the Plaza Towers Elementary School to help the students, teachers, and neighbors cope with the tragedy. Seven students perished in the May 20 tornado in Moore, OK. The survivors talk about the experience while painting bricks that were saved from the school and special t-shirts. For many of them it is the beginning of their healing.
  • Native Oklahoman Rick Bayless speaks about severe weather preparedness.

    Chef Rick Bayless on Emergency Preparedness

    Video by Judith Grafe
    Native Oklahoman Rick Bayless speaks about severe weather preparedness.
  • Native Oklahoman Rick Bayless speaks about severe weather preparedness. (audio only)

    Chef Rick Bayless on emergency preparedness

    Audio by Judith Grafe
    Native Oklahoman Rick Bayless speaks about severe weather preparedness. (audio only)
  • A look at how technology is helping FEMA assist survivors of the Oklahoma tornadoes.

    FEMA using new technology in Oklahoma

    Video by Richard Cardona
    A look at how technology is helping FEMA assist survivors of the Oklahoma tornadoes.
  • FEMA responded to the severe F-5 tornado
that struck Oklahoma on May 20 and again 
on May 31. The event created a massive 
Concentrated debris field that stretched for
some 17 miles. This operation utilized a small 
company who developed software utilizing 
electronic tablets to track debris 
monitoring operations in the field.

    Oklahoma Debris Removal & Technology

    Video by Richard Cardona
    FEMA responded to the severe F-5 tornado that struck Oklahoma on May 20 and again on May 31. The event created a massive Concentrated debris field that stretched for some 17 miles. This operation utilized a small company who developed software utilizing electronic tablets to track debris monitoring operations in the field.
  • Tinker Federal Credit Union employees survive the May 20th EF-5 tornado in Moore Oklahoma by executing their emergency response plan. The Moore, OK branch was completely destroyed but no employees were harmed because they took shelter in the bank vault.

    Tinker Federal Credit Union on Disaster Preparedness

    Video by Dominick Biocchi
    Tinker Federal Credit Union employees survive the May 20th EF-5 tornado in Moore Oklahoma by executing their emergency response plan. The Moore, OK branch was completely destroyed but no employees were harmed because they took shelter in the bank vault.
  • Mitigation talks about ways to build back safer and stronger after the May tornadoes in Oklahoma.

    Mitigation on Building Back Better in Oklahoma

    Video by Dominick Biocchi
    Mitigation talks about ways to build back safer and stronger after the May tornadoes in Oklahoma.

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