May 2013 Tornado Coverage http://kgou.org en Without FEMA Funds, Numerous Oklahoma Counties Sit On Expired Disaster Plans http://kgou.org/post/without-fema-funds-numerous-oklahoma-counties-sit-expired-disaster-plans <p>With threats ranging from ice storms to tornadoes, Oklahoma ranks first in the nation in the number of presidentially declared disasters over the past 14 years.</p><p>That’s why the state says it's important for local officials to maintain hazard mitigation plans, explaining the steps they're taking to reduce or eliminate their risks. But keeping things up-to-date has proven tough.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:33:15 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 36594 at http://kgou.org Without FEMA Funds, Numerous Oklahoma Counties Sit On Expired Disaster Plans Moore Waits To Apply For FEMA's Safe Room Rebate Program http://kgou.org/post/moore-waits-apply-femas-safe-room-rebate-program <p>After last year’s tornadoes in central Oklahoma, FEMA allocated $4 million in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance">hazard mitigation funding</a>&nbsp;for communities to safeguard against future severe weather.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cityofmoore.com">City of Moore</a>&nbsp;didn’t qualify for that money because of an expired hazard mitigation plan. Moore has since updated the plan and is now eligible for future FEMA money.&nbsp;But it doesn’t look like officials plan on applying for that funding any time soon.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:26:42 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 36118 at http://kgou.org Moore Waits To Apply For FEMA's Safe Room Rebate Program Students Return To New Schools After 2013 Moore Tornado http://kgou.org/post/students-return-new-schools-after-2013-moore-tornado <p>This week marks 15 months since a deadly tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma, leveling two schools and taking the lives of seven children inside <a href="http://www.mooreschools.com/plazatowers">Plaza Towers Elementary</a>. It’s been a long journey, but the schools finally reopen Tuesday, and the kids are excited to be back.</p><p>10-year-old Marissa Miley was finishing up third grade at Moore’s <a href="http://www.mooreschools.com/briarwood/site/default.asp">Briarwood Elementary</a> last year when an EF-5 tornado destroyed her school.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 35671 at http://kgou.org Students Return To New Schools After 2013 Moore Tornado New Moore Elementary School Readying For Students http://kgou.org/post/new-moore-elementary-school-readying-students <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Officials with Moore Public Schools are preparing for the new school year with a newly rebuilt&nbsp;<font color="red">Plaza</font>&nbsp;Towers Elementary School following the 2013 tornado that killed seven students.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Associated Press 35375 at http://kgou.org New Moore Elementary School Readying For Students VIDEO: Tornado Survivors Share Stories Of Strength http://kgou.org/post/video-tornado-survivors-share-stories-strength <p>The University of Oklahoma’s <a href="http://www.ou.edu/writingcenter/">Writing Center </a>was one of many groups that stepped up after last year’s devastating storms to distribute water, clothing and other necessities to those who had lost everything. Now, more than a year later, the group has launched a new program to help survivors recover.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:39:24 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 35203 at http://kgou.org VIDEO: Tornado Survivors Share Stories Of Strength Auditing The Storm: A Look At Low-Interest Disaster Loans http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-look-low-interest-disaster-loans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a federally-declared disaster, the </span><a href="http://www.sba.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Small Business Administration </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">issues low-interest loans to help homeowners and businesses recover. The agency disbursed over $20 million to </span>Oklahomans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> following last year’s severe weather outbreak in the central part of the state, so we wanted to look into exactly what it takes to get one of those loans.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 34791 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: A Look At Low-Interest Disaster Loans Auditing The Storm: Low-Interest Loans Go To Individuals, Businesses...Slowly http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-low-interest-loans-go-individuals-businessesslowly <p>After a presidentially declared disaster like last year’s tornadoes in Central Oklahoma, the <a href="http://www.sba.gov">U.S. Small Business Administration</a> often steps in, offering <a href="http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans">low-interest loans</a> to help homeowners and businesses recover. But the SBA has been criticized in the past for being slow to respond. And following the 2013 storms in the Sooner State, many people still have complaints about the process.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 34248 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: Low-Interest Loans Go To Individuals, Businesses...Slowly Auditing The Storm: HUD Funds Trickle Slowly Into Oklahoma Disaster Areas http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-hud-funds-trickle-slowly-oklahoma-disaster-areas <p>In the year since a series of severe storms devastated Central Oklahoma, the <a href="http://www.hud.gov">U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development </a>has awarded nearly $146 million to the city of Moore and the state to help with recovery. But so far, only a fraction of that has been spent, and spending the money has turned out to be harder than you’d think.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:32:02 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 33964 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: HUD Funds Trickle Slowly Into Oklahoma Disaster Areas Auditing The Storm: Why Moore Missed Out On Mitigation Funds http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-why-moore-missed-out-mitigation-funds <p>When federal aid started pouring into the state after last years’ storms, <a href="http://www.fema.gov">FEMA</a> designated $4 million for <a href="http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program">hazard mitigation</a> – a tool used to protect communities from future severe weather through things like storm shelters. But the communities you’d think might receive this kind of money sometimes don’t.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 33790 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: Why Moore Missed Out On Mitigation Funds Auditing The Storm: Assistance Is Hit And Miss For Individuals After 2013 Tornadoes http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-assistance-hit-and-miss-individuals-after-2013-tornadoes <p>After last year’s deadly tornadoes, private insurers paid out over $1 billion in claims.<a href="http://www.fema.gov/"> FEMA </a>also chipped in $15 million as part of its<a href="http://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit/recovery-directorate/assistance-individuals-and"> individual and household assistance</a> program. But nearly three-quarters of that program’s applicants were denied.</p><p>As part of our <a href="http://kgou.org/topic/auditing-storm-disaster-4117">series </a>tracking the federal aid money, we look at the decision-making process that left much of Central Oklahoma out of luck.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the evening of May </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">20th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 2013, James and Sheryl Pennington stepped outside their home in Moore to find debris everywhere. The tornado had left a devastating trail, and they weren’t exempt from its destruction.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 33465 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: Assistance Is Hit And Miss For Individuals After 2013 Tornadoes