May 2013 Tornado Coverage http://kgou.org en Auditing the Storm: Disaster 4117 - The Long Road http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-disaster-4117-long-road <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2007, Oklahoma was blitzed by a series of deadly storms, including an ice storm in January that engulfed most of central and eastern Oklahoma and killed 32 people.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly seven years later, three of those federally declared disasters remain on active status. A handful of projects and audits have yet to be completed.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:45:17 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 33297 at http://kgou.org Auditing the Storm: Disaster 4117 - The Long Road Special Report: Auditing The Disaster Aid For 2013 Tornadoes And Storms http://kgou.org/post/special-report-auditing-disaster-aid-2013-tornadoes-and-storms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tornadoes and storms that devastated Oklahoma and killed 34 last year triggered the release of tens of millions of dollars in federal and state aid that will keep flowing for years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To date, the federal government has approved up to $257 million in disaster assistance of various kinds to help re build damage and help victims of the winds and flooding that struck between May 18 and June 2, 2013, and to mitigate future risks. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has contributed an additional $10.5 million, and private insurers are paying about $1.1 billion. Charities also have pumped in aid.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The relief aid stemming from Disaster No. 4117, as it is called by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is arriving through several channels, heading ultimately to state and local agencies, contractors, businesses and individuals.</span></p><p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:01:53 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 33246 at http://kgou.org Special Report: Auditing The Disaster Aid For 2013 Tornadoes And Storms Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes http://kgou.org/post/red-cross-program-teaches-emergency-preparedness-kids-affected-2013-tornadoes <p style="font-style: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><font color="#262626"><font face="Cambria, serif">During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also&nbsp;know what to do when weather rolls in. </font></font></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 30015 at http://kgou.org Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes House Walks Back Storm Shelter Vote, Plaza Towers Parents Take Legal Action http://kgou.org/post/house-walks-back-storm-shelter-vote-plaza-towers-parents-take-legal-action <p>The Oklahoma House reversed course Thursday night and narrowly passed a plan it had earlier defeated to help school districts pay for safety upgrades such as storm shelters and safe rooms.</p><p>House members voted 51-39 last night for the plan supported by Gov. Mary Fallin. It takes a minimum of 51 votes to pass a bill in the 101-member House.</p><p>The chamber had defeated the proposal hours earlier by a bipartisan vote of 61-34. House members said that Fallin's office had urged members of the majority GOP caucus to change their no votes.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:07:00 +0000 Associated Press 29884 at http://kgou.org House Walks Back Storm Shelter Vote, Plaza Towers Parents Take Legal Action 12 Things You May Not Know About The 2013 Moore Tornado http://kgou.org/post/12-things-you-may-not-know-about-2013-moore-tornado <p>Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the May 20, 2013 tornado that killed 24 residents in Moore, injured hundreds, and caused an estimated $2 billion in damage.</p><p>To mark the occasion, the Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/media/oun/releases/May20.pdf">put together a presentation</a> highlighting a dozen observations from the 2013 storms in the community also hard-hit by strong, violent tornadoes in May 1999 and May 2013.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:21:11 +0000 KGOU Staff 29650 at http://kgou.org 12 Things You May Not Know About The 2013 Moore Tornado SLIDESHOW: Hundreds Gather For Tornado Anniversary, Hospital Groundbreaking http://kgou.org/post/slideshow-hundreds-gather-tornado-anniversary-hospital-groundbreaking <p>Local and state officials gathered Tuesday morning in Moore to honor the 24 people killed and hundreds injured May 20, 2013 when a tornado struck the city.</p><p><a href="ok.gov/governor">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> said thousands of Oklahomans went above and beyond the call of duty last year, but singled out educators from Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary Schools.</p><p>"Our teachers who used their own bodies as a shield, to help save children, to help protect children,” Fallin said. “Our teachers are our heroes."</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:26:02 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 29644 at http://kgou.org SLIDESHOW: Hundreds Gather For Tornado Anniversary, Hospital Groundbreaking Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado http://kgou.org/post/oklahomas-latino-community-prepares-next-tornado A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., a year ago Tuesday. Just 11 days later, another twister ravaged the Oklahoma City metro area.<p>Nine of the 23 people who died as a result of the second storm were members of the local Latino community. Tue, 20 May 2014 12:03:55 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 29600 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado Energy Giant's Gift To Help Tornado-Damaged City Park In Moore http://kgou.org/post/energy-giants-gift-help-tornado-damaged-city-park-moore <p><a href="http://www.devonenergy.com/Pages/devon_energy_home.aspx">Devon Energy</a> announced a $200,000 gift Tuesday to help the City of Moore rebuild the <a href="http://www.cityofmoore.com/locations/little-river-park">Little River Park</a> that was damaged by the May 20, 2013 tornado.</p><p>Reconstruction of the park along Southwest Fourth Street just west of Telephone Road will also be funded by the <a href="http://www.cityofmoore.com/sites/default/files/main-site/2012-01-11%20Moore%20Report_FINAL_Part1.pdf">PATH 2022</a> master plan's dedicated sales tax.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:33:00 +0000 KGOU Staff 29223 at http://kgou.org Energy Giant's Gift To Help Tornado-Damaged City Park In Moore 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 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