FEMA has decided not to offer assistance to Oklahoma after a string of recent tornados. Oklahoma was struck by a series of tornadoes on March 25th, 2015. The tornadoes caused four deaths and widespread damage. The area damaged by tornadoes were primarily mobile home parks. Over 30,000 homes were left without power. Rescue operations had to be done in many of the mobile park homes as residents were trapped by their homes. The tornadoes caused large hail along with heavy rain and wind. Cars still on nearby Interstate 35 were flipped and moved miles from their original location.
Oklahoma governor, Mary Fallin, requested assistance from FEMA for two of the counties affected by the tornadoes. Despite over 1,000 homes and businesses being damaged by the tornadoes, FEMA decided that their help was not necessary for the state. Their response to Fallin indicated that they believed that state and local government were capable of mending the damage by themselves. Oklahoma may appeal FEMA’s decision to refuse aid within 30 days of the April 3rd refusal.
Many local citizens are disgruntled by the decision. Fallin has announced that she will seek disaster aid from the Small Business Association to help those whose businesses were damaged. FEMA’s refusal to send aid to the state leaves individuals with home damage without a recourse for assistance in rebuilding their homes.