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Mother Nature Takes Oklahoma by Storm

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

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Washington, June 1, 2017 | comments

As Oklahomans, we are always aware that the weather is ever-changing and that from one day to the next, Mother Nature can have a mind of her own.  Thankfully, as we near the end of tornado season, we’ll enjoy much warmer weather as summer approaches.  Despite the sunnier skies headed our way, we should continue to be ready for inclement weather that may strike Oklahoma. 

We never know what kind of weather Oklahoma will bring us tomorrow, so it’s important to ensure our families are prepared to handle emergencies and severe weather in our region.  I encourage you to sit down with your family and make a plan so that when Mother Nature strikes, you know exactly what to do.  You can visit https://www.ready.gov to learn more about how to handle different natural disasters that may occur.  There you’ll find flood safety tips, where to take shelter during a tornado, and what to pack in your emergency kit.

Earlier this month, several counties in Oklahoma were hit with flooding, strong winds, tornadoes, severe storms and snow.  The effect on our communities was devastating and all of those affected will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

For those who were affected by the recent storms and flooding, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering federal disaster loans to Oklahoma businesses and residents in Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties if the damage occurred during the April 28 – May 2 storms.  If your business or home was damaged, you can visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela to apply for assistance. 

When it comes to emergency preparedness, we should all hope for the best but prepare for the worst.  Be proactive and make sure your family has a plan in the event of any inclement weather so that whenever Mother Nature decides to take Oklahoma by storm, you’re prepared for anything.   

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