Kate Carlton Greer http://kosu.org en Oklahoma Tornado Project: What's the Hold-Up on Tornado-Related HUD Spending? http://kosu.org/post/oklahoma-tornado-project-whats-hold-tornado-related-hud-spending <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the year since a series of severe storms devastated Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly 146-million-dollars to the city of Moore and the state to help with recovery. But so far, only a fraction of that has been spent. As part of our series with Oklahoma Watch tracking the federal funding, Kate Carlton Greer reports that spending the money has turned out to be more difficult than expected.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 5351 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma Tornado Project: What's the Hold-Up on Tornado-Related HUD Spending? FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funds Don't Always Go Where Expected http://kosu.org/post/fema-hazard-mitigation-funds-dont-always-go-where-expected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When federal aid started pouring into the state after last years’ storms, FEMA designated 4 million dollars for hazard mitigation – a tool used to protect communities from future severe weather through things like storm shelters.<br /><br />As part of our series with Oklahoma Watch tracking the disaster relief funds, Kate Carlton Greer with the Oklahoma Tornado Project reports the communities you’d think might receive this kind of money sometimes don’t.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:58:18 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 5305 at http://kosu.org FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funds Don't Always Go Where Expected Take Shelter Oklahoma Announces New Storm Shelter Ballot Proposal http://kosu.org/post/take-shelter-oklahoma-announces-new-storm-shelter-ballot-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past 9 months, school shelter supporters have fought to get a $500 million bond issue to fund safe room construction on a statewide ballot. &nbsp;Attorney General Scott Pruitt revised the original proposal, adding what Take Shelter Oklahoma called "biased" and "unfair" language. &nbsp;But as Kate Carlton Greer reports, the advocacy group announced a new version today.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:36:57 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 3307 at http://kosu.org Take Shelter Oklahoma Announces New Storm Shelter Ballot Proposal Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes http://kosu.org/post/red-cross-program-teaches-emergency-preparedness-kids-affected-2013-tornadoes <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also&nbsp;know what to do when severe weather rolls in.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 11:46:51 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 2890 at http://kosu.org Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes Neighbors Find Comfort In Community After 2013 Moore Tornado http://kosu.org/post/neighbors-find-comfort-community-after-2013-moore-tornado <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One year ago this week, a deadly </span>EF-5<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma, taking the lives of 24 people and destroying over 11-hundred homes. For many people, this week marks a painful reminder of the damage. For others, the year anniversary is an opportunity to put the devastation behind them with the support of their peers. Kate Carlton reports.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 12:22:52 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 2506 at http://kosu.org Neighbors Find Comfort In Community After 2013 Moore Tornado Documentary Shows Oklahomans Have Faith in Spite of Loss and Devastation http://kosu.org/post/documentary-shows-oklahomans-have-faith-spite-loss-and-devastation <p></p><p>For many victims of last year’s deadly tornadoes in central Oklahoma, the storms created an existential crisis, where people questioned their beliefs and wondered just what to make of all the destruction in their midst. Kate Carlton looks at one group’s effort to tackle life’s big questions through the lens of several storm survivors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:38:20 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 2070 at http://kosu.org Documentary Shows Oklahomans Have Faith in Spite of Loss and Devastation Photography Exhibit Showcases May 2013 Storms, Oklahomans' Resilience http://kosu.org/post/photography-exhibit-showcases-may-2013-storms-oklahomans-resilience <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The month of May has a somber significance for many Oklahoma residents. It’s one of the busiest months for tornados, averaging 22 cyclones in 31 days. And after last year’s series of devastating storms that killed 25 people, it now also marks a sad anniversary.&nbsp;The Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center teamed up to remember the events that took place one year ago.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:02:22 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 1853 at http://kosu.org Photography Exhibit Showcases May 2013 Storms, Oklahomans' Resilience Three Years Later, Norman Residents Still Wait For Storm Shelter Rebates http://kosu.org/post/three-years-later-norman-residents-still-wait-storm-shelter-rebates <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Tornado season has returned once again, and after the experience of last year, many Oklahomans are re-assessing their safety plans and prepping their designated refuge areas.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:40:01 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 1533 at http://kosu.org Three Years Later, Norman Residents Still Wait For Storm Shelter Rebates Millions Of Pounds Worth Of Tornado Debris: Where Does It All Go? http://kosu.org/post/millions-pounds-worth-tornado-debris-where-does-it-all-go <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It’s been nearly a year since a series of tornadoes devastated central Oklahoma, destroying homes, parks and commercial buildings. During the recovery process, construction crews gathered over 300,000 tons of debris between just Oklahoma City and Moore.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:30:20 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 1181 at http://kosu.org Millions Of Pounds Worth Of Tornado Debris: Where Does It All Go?