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Mitigation Planning Shortfalls Precluded FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants to Fund Residential Safe Room Construction During the Disaster Recovery Phase

Executive Summary

The State of Oklahoma (Oklahoma) lies in the heart of “Tornado Alley” and experiences the mos t tornado dis as ters nationwide. In a s pan of 15 days , from May 18 to June 2, 2013, the Oklahoma City area perienced tornadoes, high winds, and floods, resulting in 48 fatalities and more than 508 injuries. On May 20, 2013, the President issued a major dis as ter declaration for Oklahoma. On May 28, 2013, the Office of Inspector General deployed an Emergency Management Overs ight Team to the Joint Field Office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Emergency Management Overs ight Team s erves as an independent unit for overs ight of disaster response and recovery activities and provides FEMA an additional res ource for proactive evaluation to prevent and detect systemic problems in Federal assistance programs.

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