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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  • Moore, Okla., October 3, 2013 -- FEMA mitigation expert John Bourdeau (r) demonstrates a partially underground safe room for a two-part television news report on residential safe rooms. This room was built after the May 20, 2013 Moore, OK tornado and is located a block from the Plaza Towers Elementary School where 7 students lost their lives that day. Reporter Ed Doney (l) of KFOR, NBC for Oklahoma City, focused on the importance of residential safe rooms and looked at the differences between above ground and below ground designs.

    FEMA's John Bourdeau Demonstrates Usage of a Saferoom for KFOR TV Reporter Ed Doney

    Photo by Debra Young
    Moore, Okla., October 3, 2013 -- FEMA mitigation expert John Bourdeau (r) demonstrates a partially underground safe room for a two-part television news report on residential safe rooms. This room was built after the May 20, 2013 Moore, OK tornado and is located a block from the Plaza Towers Elementary School where 7 students lost their lives that day. Reporter Ed Doney (l) of KFOR, NBC for Oklahoma City, focused on the importance of residential safe rooms and looked at the differences between above ground and below ground designs.
  • El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members pose for a group photo after reviewing responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

    FEMA Corps Assists City of El Reno with Disaster Damage Survey

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members pose for a group photo after reviewing responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.
  • El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members Ashley Cutter (left) and Samson Leonard (right) review responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

    FEMA Corps Assists City of El Reno with Disaster Damage Survey

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members Ashley Cutter (left) and Samson Leonard (right) review responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.
  • El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members Jessica Cashman (left) and Emily Reece (right) review responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

    FEMA Corps Assists City of El Reno with Disaster Damage Survey

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members Jessica Cashman (left) and Emily Reece (right) review responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.
  • El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members Samson Leonard (left) and Emily Reece (right) speak with Roman Bugaj of MMV Mixmaster and review his responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

    FEMA Corps Assists City of El Reno with Disaster Damage Survey

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members Samson Leonard (left) and Emily Reece (right) speak with Roman Bugaj of MMV Mixmaster and review his responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.
  • El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members DeAnna High (left) and Mike Shlossman (right) review responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

    FEMA Corps Assists City of El Reno with Disaster Damage Survey

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    El Reno, OK, November 13, 2013 -- FEMA Corps team members DeAnna High (left) and Mike Shlossman (right) review responses to a disaster damage survey. At the request of the City of El Reno, FEMA Corps Hickory 3 visited area businesses to obtain information that the city may use to determine remaining unmet needs from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 18 through June 2, 2013. FEMA Corps is helping National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) in Oklahoma. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.
  • The Community Recovery Resources Guide is an important resource provided by Oklahoma Emergency Management and FEMA to assist the state, local governments and tribal entities in their recovery efforts following the tornadoes that struck Oklahoma in May, 2013.

    Oklahoma Community Recovery Resources Guide

    Video by Debra Young
    The Community Recovery Resources Guide is an important resource provided by Oklahoma Emergency Management and FEMA to assist the state, local governments and tribal entities in their recovery efforts following the tornadoes that struck Oklahoma in May, 2013.
  • Norman, Okla., November 21, 2013 -- Tom Reynolds, URS Lead Trainer and licensed Professional Engineer (PE), teaches a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a Safe Schools 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 21, 2013 -- Tom Reynolds, URS Lead Trainer and licensed Professional Engineer (PE), teaches a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a Safe Schools 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Tom Reynolds, URS Lead Trainer and licensed Professional Engineer (PE), teaches a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a Safe Schools 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Tom Reynolds, URS Lead Trainer and licensed Professional Engineer (PE), teaches a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a Safe Schools 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Patricia Filer, FEMA Coordination Lead Planning Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Patricia Filer, FEMA Coordination Lead Planning Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Stan Carrier, FEMA Mitigation Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Stan Carrier, FEMA Mitigation Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- John Bourdeau, FEMA Risk Analysis Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- John Bourdeau, FEMA Risk Analysis Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Dorothy Weir, FEMA Environmental Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Dorothy Weir, FEMA Environmental Specialist, interacts with a class of engineers, architects and building designers attending a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Glenn Overcash (left), URS Trainer and Senior Civil Engineer, and Samantha Passman, URS Trainer and Civil Engineer, review PowerPoint frames at the back of a class of engineers, architects and designers attending a Safe Schools 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 20, 2013 -- Glenn Overcash (left), URS Trainer and Senior Civil Engineer, and Samantha Passman, URS Trainer and Civil Engineer, review PowerPoint frames at the back of a class of engineers, architects and designers attending a Safe Schools 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Moore, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Wayne Rickard, FEMA Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, assists engineers, architects and designers (participating in the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) inspect the integrity and safety of Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    "Safe Schools" Engineers and Architects Evaluate Oklahoma Schools

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Moore, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Wayne Rickard, FEMA Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, assists engineers, architects and designers (participating in the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) inspect the integrity and safety of Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Moore, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Engineers, architects and building designers (participating in the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) meet in a classroom at Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    "Safe Schools" Engineers and Architects Evaluate Oklahoma Schools

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Moore, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Engineers, architects and building designers (participating in the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) meet in a classroom at Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Moore, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Outdoor sign for one of the Oklahoma schools where engineers, architects and building designers (participating in the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) gathered to inspect the integrity and safety of Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    "Safe Schools" Engineers and Architects Evaluate Oklahoma Schools

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Moore, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Outdoor sign for one of the Oklahoma schools where engineers, architects and building designers (participating in the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) gathered to inspect the integrity and safety of Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Oklahoma City, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Stan Carrier (left), FEMA Mitigation Specialist, and Randy Weatherly (right), principal from Ambler Architects, review details from the assessment and evaluation of Northmoor Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. They participated in a group of engineers, architects and designers (as part of the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) who have gathered to inspect the integrity and safety of Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    "Safe Schools" Engineers and Architects Evaluate Oklahoma Schools

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Oklahoma City, Okla., November 23, 2013 -- Stan Carrier (left), FEMA Mitigation Specialist, and Randy Weatherly (right), principal from Ambler Architects, review details from the assessment and evaluation of Northmoor Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. They participated in a group of engineers, architects and designers (as part of the Safe Schools 101 initiative and assessment of Oklahoma schools) who have gathered to inspect the integrity and safety of Northmoor Elementary School to develop recommendations for improved safety from tornadoes and natural disasters at the school. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a Safe Schools 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of natural disasters. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Moore, Okla., December 1, 2013 -- Aerial view of the new Plaza Towers Elementary School (under construction) after the old school was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013. The new Plaza Towers school will contain a large safe room (4,789 sq. ft.) that meets or exceeds current FEMA guidelines. The new safe room will incorporate concrete walls that are 10" thick and 16' tall. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to identify structural issues that need to be mitigated. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    New Plaza Towers Elementary School Includes 4,789 sq. ft. Safe Room

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Moore, Okla., December 1, 2013 -- Aerial view of the new Plaza Towers Elementary School (under construction) after the old school was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013. The new Plaza Towers school will contain a large safe room (4,789 sq. ft.) that meets or exceeds current FEMA guidelines. The new safe room will incorporate concrete walls that are 10" thick and 16' tall. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to identify structural issues that need to be mitigated. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA
  • Norman, Okla., November 21, 2013 -- A team of engineers and architects reviews photos and drawings during a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

    Oklahoma Kicks Off Safe Schools 101 Initiative

    Photo by Christopher Mardorf
    Norman, Okla., November 21, 2013 -- A team of engineers and architects reviews photos and drawings during a "Safe Schools" 101 training initiative at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Norman, OK. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to protect its students from the dangers of tornadoes. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

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