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OKUMC Disaster Fact Sheet 2015

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Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response

Fact Sheet

2015 Oklahoma Disaster

  • What Happened
    • Over 84% of the state is in a disaster
    • 14 Counties received over 50 inches of rain January to May
    • 27 Counties received over 40 inches of rain January to May
    • In the month of May alone Oklahoma received over 20 inches of rain which is more than 4 times the state’s average.
    • Over 96 tornadoes have touched down
  • Storm Chronology
    • March 25 – Tornadoes touch down in Moore and Sand Springs/West Tulsa.  This disaster did not receive a Presidential Disaster Declaration and FEMA was not able to provide resources to support families.
    • May 6—Tornadoes strike Bridge Creek and Oklahoma City, accompanied by widespread flooding and water damage.  This disaster received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
    • May 13—The Poteau River exceeds its banks and floods nearby residences.  This disaster received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
    • May 16—A Tornado hits Bixby and Broken Arrow causing damage.  This disaster received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
    • May 22-25—Wide spread storms and heavy rains fall across the state.  Severe flooding impacts Elk City, Cache, Purcell, and most of southern Oklahoma.  This storm received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
    • June 18—Tropical Storm Bill drops nearly 10 inches of rain on Ardmore.  Lake Texoma exceeds the spillway a second time and re-floods much of the surrounding area, rivers and streams in the watershed flood many additional homes.  This disaster received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
    • July 3-5—Heavy rainfall causes already high rivers and lakes to flood again.  Some homes in southern Oklahoma flood for a third time.  This disaster has not received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

* Data Source


In most every disaster volunteers are the key ingredient in responding and helping survivors recover.  Since January 2015 there have been 27 states that have received presidentially declared disasters not counting those not large enough for a declaration or states that the governor issued a state of emergency.

  • Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, S. Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, W. Virginia, Wyoming

With most all of these states still in some phase of response and or recovery the need for volunteers is great.  With this number of disasters across the nation, the volunteer pool is spread thin.

Volunteers come into a disaster in large mass immediately following a disaster in the Response phase.  They come in both as teams and individual volunteers.  Once the response has concluded or slowed down the volunteers also follow suit and decline in numbers.  However, the need for volunteers is still high as there is a long road to Recovery still to take place.

Oklahoma United Methodist Church Disaster Response (OKUMC-DR)

  • Our motto is “Staying Until Recovery is Complete…That’s Church” and that is exactly what we do.
  • We are one of many agencies that help in times of disaster (see Associations below).  OKUMC-DR is one of a few agencies that employee full time year-round disaster personnel.
  • Regardless of the size of a disaster or whether it receives a Presidential Disaster Declaration OKUMC-DR and many other agencies respond and help disaster survivors recover.
  • We are involved in all four phases of a disaster:
    • Prepare – developing a plan to execute before, during and after a disaster.  Plans are made by families, churches, businesses and communities.
    • Respond – knowing when, how and where to help.  Organizational structure is key to effective response so as to help the disaster survivor in the best way possible.  This phase included tarping roofs, mucking out houses, debris removal…
    • Recover – once the immediate threat is over and the structure has been stabilized in response then begins the long process of rebuilding and providing emotional support for full recovery.
    • Mitigation – working to reduce the possible damages caused by a disaster to include raising structures, erosion control…
  • What we do
    • Case Management - is a time-limited process that involves a partnership between a case manager and a disaster survivor to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan. The Disaster Recovery Plan includes resources, services, decision-making priorities, progress reports, and the goals needed to achieve case closure. This partnership provides the survivor with a single point of contact to facilitate access to a broad range of resources. The process involves an assessment of the survivor’s verified disaster-caused unmet needs, development of a goal-oriented plan that outlines the steps necessary to achieve recovery, organization and coordination of information on available resources that match the disaster caused need, and the monitoring of progress toward reaching the recovery plan goals, and when necessary, client advocacy.
    • Project Management – coordinates all assigned projects and the quality of work of volunteers and contractors.  Ensures that projects are on budget and on time.  Supervises workmanship of volunteer labor and quality of materials and coordinates all activities for assigned projects.  Helps repair and rebuilding survivor’s homes to a safe, sanitary, secure, and functional condition.
    • Volunteer Management – oversees volunteer registration, paperwork, hospitality, and safety.  Maintains situational awareness of all volunteer activities through response and recovery, and works with those who coordinate volunteer logistics and safety to ensure the ability of out-of-state groups to respond.
  • Staff
    • Richard Norman, Coordinator of Disaster Response
    • Luke Pratt, Volunteer and Project Management Supervisor
    • Karen Mangano, Volunteer Management Coordinator
    • Chad Detwiler, Project Management Coordinator
    • Kevin Walker, Project Manager
    • Hal Wright, Project Manager
    • Gill Gilleland, Project Manager
    • Pam Rowley, Case Manager
    • Drew Shahan, Case Manager

Long Term Recovery Committees (LTRC)

  • A long term recovery committee is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within a community to assist individuals and families as they recover from disaster.  The goal is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from disaster.
  • When the Response phase of disaster assistance has been completed for a survivor their case moves into case management and shifts to Recovery.  Case management works through the LRTC to mobilize funding and resources needed to aid in their recovery.  Once those resources have been mobilized then Project Management aids in the construction repairs of the home through volunteers and contractors.
    • Long Term Area Recovery Committee (LARC),
    • South Central Oklahoma
      • Serving Counties = Carter, Marshall, Johnson, Love, Murray
      • Chair, Paul McDowell, 580-564-3051,
    • Grady County
    • Tulsa Area

Oklahoma Disaster Statistics

  • Oklahoma Ranking for Presidential Disaster Declarations (based on FEMA historic data / out of 26 different categories / source  Note that this is only for declared disasters not for number of occurrences.  We have a significant number of disasters that occur in the state where no declaration occurs.
  • 3rd Over-All (Texas, California, Oklahoma, New York, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri…)
  • 1st for Tornadoes (Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky…)
  • 1st for Severe Storms (Oklahoma, Kentucky, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Illinois, Alabama, New York)
  • 3rd for Wildfire (California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, Alaska, Idaho, Karuk Tribe, Montana, New Hampshire…)
  • 4th for Straight Line Winds (Iowa, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Alaska)
  • 4th for Winter Storms (S. Dakota, New York, Oklahoma, Nebraska, N. Dakota, Virginia, Alaska, Kansas, N. Carolina, Oregon…)
  • 6th for Flooding (Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, W. Virginia, California, Oklahoma, Iowa, Minnesota, New York Tennessee…)
  • 7th for Snow Storms (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, S. Dakota, Kansas…)
  • 10th for Fire (California, Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Colorado, Micronesia, Florida, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma…)

Government Assistance

  • Presidential Declaration
    • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
      • Individual Assistance – given to home owners for home repairs, replace household items, replace destroyed vehicles
        • 2015 Storms  –  45 counties were declared for individual assistance:

Adair County, Atoka County, Beckham County, Bryan County, Caddo County, Canadian County, Carter County, Cherokee County, Choctaw County, Cleveland County, Coal County, Comanche County, Cotton County, Delaware County, Garvin County, Grady County, Hughes County, Jefferson County, Johnston County, Kiowa County, Latimer County, Le Flore County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Love County, Marshall County, Mayes County, McClain County, McCurtain County, McIntosh County, Murray County, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma County, Okmulgee County, Ottawa County, Pittsburg County, Pontotoc County, Pottawatomie County, Pushmataha County, Rogers County, Seminole County, Stephens County, Tillman County, Tulsa County and Wagoner County
* Break down by county below (FEMA Individual Assistance by County)

  • Public Assistance – given to state and local government and utilities for damaged roads and bridges, replace utility infrastructure, assist with cost of cleanup and other emergency services
    • 2015 Storms  -  59 counties were declared for public assistance:

Adair County, Atoka County, Beckham County, Bryan County, Caddo County, Canadian County, Carter County, Choctaw County, Cleveland County, Coal County, Comanche County, Cotton County, Craig County, Creek County, Custer County, Delaware County, Dewey County, Garvin County, Grady County, Grant County, Greer County, Harmon County, Haskell County, Hughes County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Johnston County, Kay County, Kingfisher County, Kiowa County, Latimer County, Le Flore County, Logan County, Love County, Major County, Marshall County, Mayes County, McClain County, McCurtain County, McIntosh County, Murray County, Muskogee County, Noble County, Nowata County, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma County, Okmulgee County, Ottawa County, Pittsburg County, Pontotoc County, Pottawatomie County, Pushmataha County, Roger Mills County, Seminole County, Sequoyah County, Stephens County, Tillman County, Wagoner County and Washita County

  • SBA (Small Business Administration)
    • Disaster Loans are the primary source of federal long-term disaster recovery funds for disaster damages not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.  SBA provides affordable, timely and accessible financial assistance to homeowners/renters, private/non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes located in a declared disaster area.
  • Note: Survivors that are not in a presidentially declared county are not eligible for FEMA or SBA assistance and are totally dependent upon faith based, non-profit and other private agencies.  Counties are declared individually based on the number of claims with a certain socioeconomic need and rate of insurance.



(Tornadoes & Flooding)


(Hurricane Sandy)

(Hurricane Katrina)


May 2015

May 2013

May 1999

May 2015

October 2012

August 2005

Total Individual Assistance (Applications Approved)







Total Individual & Household Program

$18.2 million

$15.1 million

$6 million

$53.7 million

$1 billion

$5.2 billion

Total Public Assistance Grants

$14.4 million

$47.4 million

$40 million

$4.3 million

$9.2 billion

$11.7 billion

* Data source
* As of October 19, 2015


  • OKUMC-DR is a member of the National VOAD and Oklahoma VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
  • We work with organizations to include: All Hands, American Red Cross (ARC), Apostolic Christian World Relief, Area Wide Aging Services, Catholic Charities (CC), Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), Church of the Harvest (COTH), Church of the Nazarene Disaster Relief, Convoy of Hope, Crossings Community Church, Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma (EDO), Feed the Children, FEMA Corp, Habitat for Humanity, Heartline, Humane Society, Jewish Disaster Response Corp (JDRC), Joshua Foundation, Legal Aid, Lions Club, Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR), Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS), Mormon Helping Hands, National Community Civilian Corps/Americorp (NCCC), Nechama, New York Says Thank You, NOMADS, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Oklahoma Emergency Management (OEM), Poured Out Ministries, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), Rebuilding Together (RT), Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Samaritans Purse, ServeMoore, Society of St. Vincent DePaul (SVDP), Southern Baptist General Convention, Sunbeam Family Services, Team Effort, Team Rubicon, The Salvation Army (TSA), UMCOR, United Way (UW), Volunteer Tulsa, World Renew, World Vision…

FEMA Individual Assistance by County

           County                         Claims Approved                     Total Amount Awarded

  • Adair County                                      13                                            $15,407
  • Atoka County                                      74                                            $238,743
  • Beckham County                                50                                            $319,604
  • Bryan County                                     93                                            $399,968
  • Caddo County                                     35                                            $112,130
  • Canadian County                                28                                            $63,904
  • Carter County                                    195                                          $702,626
  • Cherokee County                               2                                              $2,277
  • Choctaw County                                 14                                            $108,858
  • Cleveland County                               1013                                        $2,851,970
  • Coal County                                        2                                              $3,824
  • Comanche County                              232                                          $2,133,700
  • Cotton County                                    19                                            $83,264
  • Delaware County                               2                                              $9,367
  • Garvin County                                    8                                              $18,378
  • Grady County                                     150                                          $808,063
  • Hughes County                                   20                                            $36,614
  • Jefferson County                                15                                            $88,148
  • Johnston County                                 60                                            $254,869
  • Kiowa County                                     42                                            $153,812
  • Latimer County                                  10                                            $21,097
  • Le Flore County                                  50                                            $342,715
  • Lincoln County                                   4                                              $13,670
  • Logan County                                     2                                              $35,450
  • Love County                                       23                                            $93,255
  • Marshall County                                70                                            $382,610
  • Mayes County                                    10                                            $38,133
  • McClain County                                 71                                            $218,067
  • McCurtain County                              29                                            $122,126
  • McIntosh County                                42                                            $64,807
  • Murray County                                   17                                            $103,924
  • Okfuskee County                                60                                            $145,751
  • Oklahoma County                              398                                          $2,304,639
  • Okmulgee County                              56                                            $167,597
  • Ottawa County                                   3                                              $7,255
  • Pittsburg County                                67                                            $153,017
  • Pontotoc County                                 21                                            $47,725
  • Pottawatomie County                        271                                          $725,494
  • Pushmataha County                           9                                              $40,929
  • Rogers County                                    6                                              $19,930
  • Seminole County                                136                                          $311,828
  • Stephens County                                18                                            $39,828
  • Tillman County                                   15                                            $71,285
  • Tulsa County                                      22                                            $56,556
  • Wagoner County                                30                                            $168,865

* Data source
* As of July 30, 2015