Oklahoma City, OK -- March 6 is the deadline for Oklahoma residents and business owners who sustained damage from the severe winter and ice storms to apply for state and federal disaster aid.
Disaster recovery officials urge those who have not done so to apply as soon as possible by calling the toll--free registration line at 800 462--9029. Hearing-- or speech--impaired persons may call the TTY registration number at 800 462--7585. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Renters, homeowners or business owners in the designated counties who sustained damage in the severe winter and ice storms between December 25 and January 10 may be eligible for disaster aid. Applicants may qualify for assistance under several federal and state programs such as disaster housing assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low--interest disaster loans, or grants for serious disaster--related needs not covered by insurance or other programs.
Businesses with economic losses have until October 5, 2001 to apply for an SBA Loan.
The Oklahoma counties designated eligible for Individual disaster assistance include Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Caddo, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garvin, Grady, Haskell, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, LeFlore, Latimer, Lincoln, Love, Marshall, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Mayes, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
"Even after the deadline, if you have questions about your application, answers will only be a telephone call away, " said State Coordinating Officer Fred Liebe, with the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management. Applicants may reach the FEMA Helpline at 800 525--0321. Helpline representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday to answer questions about the assistance process or the status of applications. The TTY Helpline number is 800 462--7585.