tornado http://kgou.org en 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 Twin Tornadoes In Nebraska Leave 2 Dead, Others In Hospital http://kgou.org/post/twin-tornadoes-nebraska-leave-2-dead-others-hospital <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9d7DDQawVE</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:11:59 +0000 Bill Chappell 31495 at http://kgou.org Twin Tornadoes In Nebraska Leave 2 Dead, Others In Hospital 2011 Joplin Tornado Served As Wake Up Call For School Officials http://kgou.org/post/2011-joplin-tornado-served-wake-call-school-officials <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago, a violent tornado hit Joplin, Mo. at a time when children were not in their classrooms. If the day and time had been different, that community could have become known for students killed by a storm, instead of Moore, </span>Okla<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That near miss caused officials with the Joplin schools to look at storm shelters in a new light.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Gail Banzet-Ellis 30465 at http://kgou.org 2011 Joplin Tornado Served As Wake Up Call For School Officials At Times All A President Can Say After Disaster Is, 'We're Here' http://kgou.org/post/times-all-president-can-say-after-disaster-were-here Daniel Smith's house is barely standing after a tornado in Arkansas late last month killed 16 people. The EF4 tornado ripped a gash through the rural communities of Mayflower and Vilonia. Homes were wiped clean to their slabs, businesses shredded beyond recognition.<p>Wednesday, President Obama went to see the damage for himself, and to meet with residents like Smith. Thu, 08 May 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 28833 at http://kgou.org At Times All A President Can Say After Disaster Is, 'We're Here' To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet http://kgou.org/post/survive-tornado-first-run-shelter-then-grab-helmet Deadly tornadoes have wreaked havoc in the South, leveling homes and claiming at least 28 lives in the past three days. And <a href="http://www.weather.com/newscenter/nationalforecast/">meteorologists say</a> the threat of more tornadoes won't ease up till Wednesday.<p>Getting to a safe place is the best thing that people can do to protect themselves and their families. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:51:00 +0000 editor 28235 at http://kgou.org To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet 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