MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announce new operating hours for the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Ottawa County, beginning this coming weekend. ?In addition, it was announced that the DRC will cease operations at the close of business on Saturday, June 21, 2008.
New weekend operating hours for the center will be from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday until further notice.
The center will provide opportunities for residents to meet face-to-face with representatives from state and federal agencies and find answers to questions they may have about the recovery process. It will serve individuals, households and businesses affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Ottawa County May 10, 2008.
The Ottawa County DRC is located at the:???????
Community Center (behind city hall)
116 Devilliers Circle
Picher, OK 74360
The DRC will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until the closing takes place.
Individuals can register for assistance by calling-1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY-1-800-462-7585 for those who are hearing- or speech-impaired. FEMA operators are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, until further notice. Registration can also be completed online at www.fema.gov.
SBA representatives will be at the center to meet individually with each resident or business owner to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program, help them complete their disaster loan application and accept their completed applications. Anyone not able to visit a center should call 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.