Tornado Resources
8:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Price Gouging and Charity Fraud: Report to the Oklahoma Attorney General

Investigators with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office are charged with investigating instances of price gouging.  Anyone who believes they have experienced the illegal practice of price gouging is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s office. 

Similarly, those who encounter what they suspect is charity fraud during this time of recovery and relief are also encouraged to call.  The number is 405-521-2029.  

For more information, visit http://www.ok.gov/okstrong/.

Tornado Resources
8:45 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

FEMA Information and Shelters for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

FEMA has assistance for individuals and business owners who sustained losses. Apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362),  online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants who use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. 

FEMA lists the following locations as shelters:

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Weather and Climate
8:04 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Complete list of Red Cross Facilities for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Below are the locations where Red Cross food, supplies and assistance are available. In these locations, people can find a safe refuge, food and snacks, emotional support, health care services and information about what other help is available.

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Deadly tornados tore through several Oklahoma communities on May 19, 20 and 31, 2013. These are the stories of natural disaster and its aftermath, and of communities healing and recovering.

Severe Storms
10:32 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Powerful Before/After Aerial Images of Moore

The area between SW 4th and 19th Streets looking east toward Interstate 35 before the tornado.
Jamin Yeager Aerial Oklahoma

Stunning visual images have emerged that show a side-by-side comparison of the areas of Moore hardest hit by Monday’s tornado. Follow this link to see an interactive spatial scrawl.

“I've flown over that corridor dozens of times and shoot Southeast 19th Street and Interstate 35 regularly as it's a prime development location,” says photographer Jamin Yeager with Aerial Oklahoma. On Tuesday, he says “we waited for the weather to clear and got airborne by 3:45.”

The pictures show the hardest hit areas between SW 4th and 19th Streets just west of I-35. The entire neighborhood behind the Warren Theatre was flattened, and there’s a noticeable brown tint caused by mud and debris along the tornado’s path.

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7:51 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Lawmakers: More Safe Rooms Needed in Schools

Lead in text: 
"Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said Tuesday there were no safe rooms in the two schools leveled by the tornado. Speaking at a public news briefing, Ashwood said hundreds of schools across the state have installed reinforced tornado shelters, but Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary were not among them."
With state officials acknowledging that two elementary schools destroyed by Monday's tornado had no safe rooms, some lawmakers began pressing to increase the number of shelters and provide funds to build them. Rep.
7:47 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Aftermath of a Storm

Lead in text: 
"Jessica’s father was at home when the tornado hit and hid in the bathroom. It was the only room in the house where the roof wasn't entirely ripped off, and her father survived. “It makes you feel blessed,” Ellerd said. She gestured toward the house. “This is just stuff.”
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch permalink The massive tornado wreaked havoc with scores of vehicles.
Severe Storms
12:14 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Aid Pouring In From CHK, American Legion, Kevin Durant

The smoldering remains of a home set ablaze by the tornado.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma City energy giant, a veterans group, and a superstar athlete have each announced three separate $1 million gifts to aid storm relief efforts following Monday's tornado that killed dozens in Moore.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced this morning it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the rescue and recovery efforts in Moore.

The oil and gas company says it's also organizing hundreds of employee volunteers to help in the relief effort.

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Severe Storms
10:45 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma City Residents Asked To Conserve Water

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma City residents are being asked to help conserve water while power remains out at one of the city's main water treatment facilities.

City officials say rain and lightning during Monday night's storm delayed progress to restore power at the Draper Water Treatment Plant.

City spokeswoman Debbie Ragan says low water pressure is being reported in downtown Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the state Capitol complex.

Ragan says city officials hope to have power restored by Tuesday afternoon.

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