Severe weather affected three states May 31. As of June 2, 15 tornadoes were confirmed across Oklahoma, Illinois and Wisconsin. Oklahoma received the brunt of destruction with12 tornadoes (4 EF-O, 6 EF-1, 1 EF-2 and 1 EF-3). Illinois was struck by two tornadoes (EF-2 and EF-3) and Missouri was hit by an EF-3 tornado. Thirteen people died in Oklahoma and 115 were injured as a result of the tornadoes. In Missouri, there were three flood-related fatalities.
President Declares Disaster for Oklahoma
05/21/2013 12:15 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning May 18, 2013, and continuing.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties. Disaster Declaration 4117 (DR-4117) also makes public assistance funding available to affected state and local governments.
Federal Aid Programs
The first step in applying for assistance is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Applicants who use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585; those using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362.
May 21 Path of Distruction
The tornado touched down around 2:56 pm in Newcastle, OK and moved through Moore and south OKC before lifting around 3:36 pm. The path length is estimated to be about 20 miles long. Preliminary damage rating of at least EF4. [NWS Norman, OK]
Donations and Volunteering - Message from Oklahoma
Sent through the VOAD system May 20th, evening:
We have had a very difficult couple of days with some very devastating tornados hitting several communities in Oklahoma. As I write this we are still experiencing tornados on the ground in Oklahoma. We know you all are seeing and hearing about the devastation and want to assist as soon as possible, but right now we want to ask you to do the following things to make our collaborative effort as effective as possible for our neighbors in need:
- Please join us in allowing the first responders to do the work they need to do. It will take time to assess the complete amount of damage our fellow Oklahomans have suffered and comprise a list of how our VOAD organizations can help to meet their needs.
- In the meantime, begin to take inventory of all available goods, services, and resources of your organization. Also, please take inventory of your organizations personnel and volunteers with their skill sets and availability.
- At this time, PLEASE ask your organizations to make financial donations only until when and if other types of donations are requested. We all KNOW not heeding this request can lead to the second disaster after the disaster.
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED ON VOLUNTEERS
Many unsolicited volunteers are showing up at the Incident Command Center in Moore!! PLEASE instruct all volunteers associated with your organization or other individual volunteers or groups you may come in contact with to NOT self-deploy. Best practices include a collaborative response, so people are directed WHEN NEEDED and WHERE NEEDED so their help and skills are most needed and will be most effective.
Rev. Richard W. Norman, Chair
Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster