FEMA http://kgou.org en 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 Defrauding FEMA May Cost Seven Times The Amount Taken http://kgou.org/post/defrauding-fema-may-cost-seven-times-amount-taken <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;A Mannford woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to committing fraud in order to receive more than $31,000 in federal disaster payments.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 23:17:28 +0000 Associated Press 28500 at http://kgou.org Defrauding FEMA May Cost Seven Times The Amount Taken 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 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 FEMA Approves More Aid, Already Tops $25 Million http://kgou.org/post/fema-approves-more-aid-already-tops-25-million <p></p><p>Gov. Mary&nbsp;Fallin&nbsp;says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved public assistance for 16 counties hit by May storms that brought tornadoes and flooding to Oklahoma.</p><p>Fallin&nbsp;said FEMA approved the request on Friday that she submitted Wednesday.</p><p>The storms caused an estimated $40 million in uninsured infrastructure losses, and debris removal and response costs.</p><p>FEMA says disaster assistance for the state now tops $25 million dollars.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:14:08 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press 8782 at http://kgou.org FEMA Approves More Aid, Already Tops $25 Million Why Oklahoma’s Priority Is Storm Shelters For Individuals, Not Safe Rooms For Schools http://kgou.org/post/why-oklahoma-s-priority-storm-shelters-individuals-not-safe-rooms-schools <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Seven children were killed at an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57585970/kids-teachers-from-destroyed-okla-school-reunite/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" title="CBS link">elementary school in Moore</a>&nbsp;when a massive tornado tore through the area last month.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">And the disaster has led to questions about why Oklahoma used previous federal disaster money to build more than 10,000 storm shelters in homes, but only 85 in public schools.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Getting the answer means going back to another major storm, on May 3rd, 1999, and another state.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:02:49 +0000 Logan Layden 8218 at http://kgou.org Why Oklahoma’s Priority Is Storm Shelters For Individuals, Not Safe Rooms For Schools Moore Debris Removal: 56,550 Tons And Counting http://kgou.org/post/moore-debris-removal-56550-tons-and-counting <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Moore City Manager Steve Eddy says more than 56,000 tons of debris have been removed from neighborhoods in Moore as the city reaches the one-month mark since a deadly tornado carved through the&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;City suburb on May 20.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:48:29 +0000 Associated Press 8128 at http://kgou.org Moore Debris Removal: 56,550 Tons And Counting