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. Congressional Research Service
Informing the legislative debate since 1914
January 28, 2015
FEMA DRF Major Disaster Assistance: Oklahoma
The Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) is managed by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is the
primary source of funding used to provide assistance
following a major disaster declaration. The authority to
declare a major disaster is provided to the President under
the Robert T. Stafford Emergency Relief and Disaster
Assistance Act (P.L. 93-288).
The information below includes only the funding provided
as a result of a major disaster declaration, not other
assistance funded through the DRF. Additionally, this
information does not include other federal sources of
disaster assistance, such as Small Business Administration
FEMA administers disaster relief through regional offices
around the country. Oklahoma is part of Region VI,
headquartered in Denton, TX.
Major Disaster Declarations:
A total of 36 major disaster declarations were made in the
state of Oklahoma between FY2000 and FY2013, which is
the highest number for any state. During that time, there
were eight requests for major disaster declarations that were
denied. The approved declarations led to more than $1.2
billion in federal obligations from the Disaster Relief Fund.
This funding does not include the assistance that was
provided directly by the state, either as a cost-share for
federal assistance, or through the state's own authorities
and programs. There was a high level of variation in the
amount of funding obligated each year, with more than
$100 million obligated for six separate fiscal years. Figure
1 displays the total funding obligated to Oklahoma each
year. The highest number of declarations for Oklahoma in a
single year was six, which occurred in FY2007.
The largest level of assistance provided from the DRF to
Oklahoma for a single incident was the result of severe
winter storms in FY2001. This event led to $207 million in
DRF assistance. More recently, Oklahoma has received
more than $100 million in assistance following winter
storms in FY2010 and severe storms and tornadoes in
Figure 1. DRF Obligations for Declared Major
Disasters in Oklahoma, by Fiscal Year
Figures are in millions of dollars. The number of declarations
per year is in parentheses.
FY2000 (0) 50
FY200I (3) $221
FY2002 (2) 5148
FY2003 (2) r 517
FY2004 (0) 50
FY2005 (0) so
FY2006 (2) 520
FY2007 (6) 5202
FY2008 (5) FZV 5163
FY2009 (4) [ S32
FY2010 (4) i 5190
FY201I (4) 537
FY2012 (2) 514
FY2013 (2) 5186
Source: CRS analysis of FEMA DRF obligations data as of June 2014.
Notes: Figures above reflect both actual obligations and projected
obligations. Only obligations from the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund are
included. Please consult the "Additional Resources" section for
information on other federal assistance programs.
www.crs.gov I 7-5700
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