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 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
June 7, 2013
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – State and federal disaster assistance now tops $5.1 million for homeowners and renters in Oklahoma affected by the May 18-27 severe storms and tornadoes. More than 8,000 Oklahomans have applied for assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the May 18-27 storms.
June 7, 2013
Blog entry
Almost two years to the day of the Joplin tornado anniversary, a devastating EF-5 tornado hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. The path of the Moore tornado was 17 miles long and two miles wide.   After a devastating event like a tornado, assessing the damages and painting a picture of the affected community is of utmost importance.  The better information first responders and emergency managers have about damaged areas, the more effectively they can prioritize areas of needs and deliver services.
June 4, 2013
News Release
        OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans affected by the May 18-27 severe storms and tornadoes may now visit Disaster Recovery Centers in Carney, Norman, Oklahoma City and Shawnee to get information about disaster assistance.  Lincoln CountyCarney High School203 South Carney St.Carney, OK 74832
June 3, 2013
News Release
• MYTH: There’s no easy way to get true, reliable information about FEMA’s disaster assistance programs.FACT: Straight answers and plain facts are available from the disaster assistance program experts on FEMA’s Help Line. Call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to learn about disaster assistance programs and to register for aid.


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