May 2013 Tornado Coverage http://kgou.org en Oklahoma Public Media's Tornado Coverage Honored With National Journalism Award http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-public-medias-tornado-coverage-honored-national-journalism-award <p>On Wednesday, the Society of Professional Journalists honored <a href="http://kgou.org">KGOU</a>, <a href="http://kosu.org">KOSU</a>, and <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma">StateImpact Oklahoma</a> with a <a href="http://www.spj.org/a-sdx.asp">national Sigma Delta Chi award </a>for collaborative coverage during the immediate aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado that devastated Moore.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:35:11 +0000 Laura Knoll & Brian Hardzinski 27432 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Public Media's Tornado Coverage Honored With National Journalism Award States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://kgou.org/post/states-lawmakers-want-feds-use-new-math-fema-calculations It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/17/245817868/tornadoes-in-illinois-cause-severe-damage" target="_blank">ripped through the area</a> last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.<p>Displaced residents recently filled the pews at a local church for a town meeting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:51:39 +0000 Cheryl Corley 26873 at http://kgou.org States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Lawmakers Honor Oklahoma National Guard Soldier Paralyzed During May Tornado http://kgou.org/post/lawmakers-honor-oklahoma-national-guard-soldier-paralyzed-during-may-tornado <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">he&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Oklahoma</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;Legislature has honored a soldier with the </span>45th<span style="color: rgb(51, 5 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:18:15 +0000 Associated Press 26821 at http://kgou.org Lawmakers Honor Oklahoma National Guard Soldier Paralyzed During May Tornado State Audits Reveal FEMA Ripped Off http://kgou.org/post/state-audits-reveal-fema-ripped <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Two state audits say that one commissioner's district in Rogers County over billed the Federal Emergency Management Agency by $250,000 and submitted a false invoice for $36,000.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:02:22 +0000 Associated Press 26573 at http://kgou.org State Audits Reveal FEMA Ripped Off Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday http://kgou.org/post/severe-storms-forecast-oklahoma-tuesday <p>Oklahomans are facing their first significant risk for tornadoes of the spring storm season. The National Weather Service says the potential for severe thunderstorms increases Tuesday afternoon. If storms develop they are likely to be severe.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the storms will be fairly isolated, forecasters say conditions for severe weather will become more favorable through the day. What the weather service calls “significant severe storms” are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:18:13 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 26442 at http://kgou.org Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season http://kgou.org/post/six-ways-prepare-oklahoma-s-tornado-season <p><a name="top"></a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s little doubt </span>Oklahomans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across </span>Pottawatomie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since September, </span>KGOU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been </span><a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/about-project" style="line-height: 1.5;">working to prepare for severe weather in 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 26274 at http://kgou.org Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season NWS Report Suggests A Plan For Multiple Severe Weather Events http://kgou.org/post/nws-report-suggests-plan-multiple-severe-weather-events <p></p><p>The National Weather Service <a href="http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/assessments/pdfs/13oklahoma_tornadoes.pdf">issued a report</a> Friday examining last May's tornados in Oklahoma. The assessment encourages the Norman Forecast Office to develop a plan for more than one severe weather event at a time.</p><p>On May 31, eight people died in the El Reno tornado while 13 died from flash flooding that followed heavy rain. National Weather Service Meteorologist Kenneth Harding says each element of a multiple warning system should be weighted based upon its urgency and severity.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:14:36 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 25672 at http://kgou.org NWS Report Suggests A Plan For Multiple Severe Weather Events Moore Approves Tornado Resistant Building Codes http://kgou.org/post/moore-approves-tornado-resistant-building-codes <p>The City of Moore is adopting stricter building codes intended to reduce the damage from high winds. The new regulations should strengthen homes against tornado damage.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The codes approved by the Moore City Council Monday would require hurricane straps that connect the roof of a home to the wall studs. The rules also add anchors that tie the frame to the foundation, continuous plywood bracing and garage doors built to withstand high winds.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:31:31 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 25409 at http://kgou.org Moore Approves Tornado Resistant Building Codes Feds Give Additional $109 Million In Aid To Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/feds-give-additional-109-million-aid-oklahoma <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced an additional $109 million in disaster aid for Moore and the state of&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;for recovery efforts from last year's tornadoes and other disasters.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:12:44 +0000 Associated Press 25381 at http://kgou.org Feds Give Additional $109 Million In Aid To Oklahoma Sounding The Social Media Alarm During Severe Weather http://kgou.org/post/sounding-social-media-alarm-during-severe-weather <p>With tornado season approaching, many Oklahomans will turn to social media sites like<a href="http://facebook.com"> Facebook </a>and <a href="http://twitter.com">Twitter</a> to stay informed of the latest hazards.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Use of these outlets explodes during severe weather outbreaks, as people try to disseminate information, share pictures and update each other on the course of the storm. But despite their ability to quickly deliver breaking news, social media can often contribute to spreading outdated information.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 25334 at http://kgou.org Sounding The Social Media Alarm During Severe Weather