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Oklahoma Disaster Recovery News Summary

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Release date: 
May 17, 1999
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TULSA, Okla. -- Short-term Rental Housing Needed For Disaster Victims:

Helping displaced disaster victims find safe, sanitary and secure housing is a priority for disaster recovery officials. Anyone with available rental property within the disaster area should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline at 800-525-0321.

Don't Be a Victim Twice:

Disaster victims are urged to beware of individuals who may misrepresent themselves as working for FEMA, the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or other official disaster recovery organizations. To help guard against this type of fraud, officials remind victims of the following information:

  • Ask to see the identification of anyone who says he or she works for a specific disaster recovery organization.
  • Never pay for federal or state disaster recovery assistance.
  • Report any suspicious incidents to the local police.

Disaster Recovery Dollars and Numbers Climb:

At the close of business May 14:

  • $1,228,672 in Disaster Housing funds were approved for 1,156 victims for minor home repairs or temporary rental assistance.
  • 7,409 calls were received at the Teleregistration Center (800-462-9029, TTY 800-462-7585).
  • 1,952 disaster victims had visited four Disaster Recovery Centers to meet face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists to get information on housing, taxes, agricultural disaster loans, low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and unemployment programs.
  • 51 low-interest SBA loans for $2,180,300 were approved. The first SBA checks were issued Friday.
Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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