OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Almost 9,500 Oklahomans registered for federal and state disaster recovery assistance by the deadline Friday evening (July 2). To date, more than $67.8 million has been approved for grants and low-interest loans to help victims recover from the tornadoes, storms and floods that occurred May 3-5 in Oklahoma.
The amount of federal and state dollars approved to help individuals with their disaster recovery continues to climb. Assistance to date includes:
- $1,729,062 in grants to 1,612 applicants for minor emergency home repairs and temporary rental assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- $4,189,443 in grants to 1,182 individuals and families for serious disaster-related needs unmet by other government or voluntary agencies. These grants are funded 75 percent by FEMA and 25 percent by the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management, which also administers the program.
- $120,984 for unemployment assistance to 215 individuals unable to work as a direct result of the disaster. This program is funded by FEMA and administered by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission through the U.S. Department of Labor.
- $61,767,200 in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to 1,436 homeowners, renters and business owners.
- $57,685,300 to 1,255 homeowners and renters
- $3,246,300 to 107 business owners
- $835,600 to 74 businesses for operating capital
The SBA is encouraging applicants to return their SBA packets as quickly as possible. Individuals who need help filling out their SBA packets can call 800-366-6303 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit with an SBA representative at one of three Disaster Recovery Centers.
Individuals who have other questions about their applications also can visit with state and federal disaster-recovery specialists at the Disaster Recovery Centers. The same information also is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-525-0321, or 800-660-8005 for persons with speech or hearing impairments.
The Disaster Recovery Centers are open weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Moore at South Metro Center (Cleveland County), Super Flea Bingo Building, 2600 SW Service Road.
- Oklahoma City at Bank One Building (Oklahoma County), 7400 S. Pennsylvania.
- Midwest City at Circuit City Store (Oklahoma County), 6830 E. Reno Road.