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Disaster Assistance Totals More Than $7 Million

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Release date: 
June 6, 2003
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Oklahoma City, OK -- Federal and state officials announce nearly $7.3 million has been approved for disaster assistance to help those affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that began on May 8. Updated disaster information is as follows:

  • A total of 3,441 residents have registered for disaster assistance since President George W. Bush's May 10 declaration. Under the disaster declaration, individuals and businesses residing in the counties of Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Delaware, Grady, Kay, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Osage, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Roger Mills, Texas and Washington are eligible to apply for disaster assistance.

  • The counties of Beaver, Cimarron, Cleveland, Delaware, Garvin, Lincoln, Muskogee, Nowata, Oklahoma, Osage, Pontotoc, Roger Mills, Texas and Washington are eligible for Public Assistance in all seven categories that include debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair of roads, bridges, and public facilities.

  • Approved disaster housing funds total nearly $878,389 and include assistance for temporary disaster housing and home repair. Some $651,915 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance that covers disaster-related medical, funeral, dental and transportation expenses, along with replacement of personal property, and other serious disaster-related needs.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued more than 1,722 applications and approved more than $5.8 million for low-interest disaster loans for repairing or replacing damaged property. SBA urges those who receive application packets in the mail or at Disaster Recovery Centers to complete the applications and return them quickly to SBA. Completing the application is necessary to be eligible for other forms of assistance. Anyone needing help filling out the SBA application can visit an SBA Loan Officer at one of the Disaster Recovery Centers.

  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available through the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Applications may be filed by calling toll-free 1-888-840-9675. The deadline is June 14, 2003.

  • Consumers can report disaster-related fraud or price gouging incidents by calling the Oklahoma State Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 405-521-2029.

  • Volunteer agencies continue to identify those who have disaster-related needs and the Oklahoma Long-term Recovery Committee will be working with families who need assistance. The volunteer agencies are offering assistance to those who are not able to clear disaster debris from their homes. Residents can call 1-800-539-8541.

  • Both adults and children affected by the recent disaster may become stressed and confused by the sudden adversity in their lives. Crisis counseling assistance is available by calling the hotline number:

  • To further help individuals and businesses affected by the severe weather, state and federal officials have three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in operation at the following locations.

    Tri-County Technology Center
    6101 SE Nowata Road
    Bartlesville, OK
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. - Sat.
    Closing Saturday, June 7
    Cheyenne City Hall
    317 Broadway
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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