OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Want more information about disaster recovery efforts in Oklahoma? Check out www.fema.gov/oklahoma, a new Web site launched today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
This site makes information readily available to anyone who wants to know the status of FEMA and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) recovery efforts since the Dec. 24-25, 2009, blizzard or the Jan. 28-30, 2010, ice storm. The main portal page introduces visitors to a Web page for each of Oklahoma's recent federally declared disasters. The information includes regularly updated totals of federal funding, messages from the federal coordinating officer, details about specific FEMA programs serving Oklahoma and more.
"FEMA is working hard to help Oklahoma recover from these two disasters, and we’re committed to keeping residents, the news media, and our recovery partners informed about the progress," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton.
Each disaster-specific Web page includes:
- Clickable maps that break down (by county, congressional district and state) the funds obligated through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program for debris removal, emergency response, and rebuilding and repair of public infrastructure;
- Details for applicants about the PA program;
- News releases from FEMA and OEM about recovery efforts and achievements;
- Regular updates from the federal coordinating officer;
- A "Fast Facts" widget highlighting recovery and preparedness information;
- Details about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is available to help Oklahoma reduce the risk of damages in future natural disasters;
- Information about the National Flood Insurance Program;
- A "Feedback" feature for readers to share comments or ask questions, and;
- An "About this Disaster" link, describing the events that led up to the disaster declarations.
"This Web site is an easy-to-use tool to help Oklahomans stay abreast of recovery efforts, and we encourage people to use it," said Fred Liebe, state coordinating officer for the disasters.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.