The Oklahoma tornadoes and related events include not only the Moore, OK tornado, but a total of 14 impacting events that occurred during a 45-day period (from April 14-May 31, 2013). Causing the most death and destruction, the tornado that struck Moore on May 20th, was sandwiched between two sets of storms - one set the preceding day and another 11 days later.
From May 10-13, 2008, four (4) Oklahoma Counties experienced severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding. On May 14, President Bush issued a major disaster declaration for Ottawa, Craig, Latimer, and Pittsburg Counties. Damage was extensive in Ottawa County with an estimate of 167 housing units being damaged (data from Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management).
After consultation with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the greatest need and the greatest impact based on available funds was to address three (3) low income housing properties operated by the Miami Housing Authority, Miami, Oklahoma. The Miami Housing Authority is an authority created by the City of Miami. The three (3) properties are:
1. E Street Plaza
2. Miami Towers
3. Nine Tribes Towers