Oklahoma Wildfire Assistance Reaches $2.8 Million

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Release date: 
July 21, 2009
Release Number: 
1846-013

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Assistance provided to those affected by Oklahoma wildfires stands at $2.8 million, state and federal emergency managers announced today.

Recovery summary as of close of business July 20, 2009:

  • 250 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance in disaster declared Carter, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne and Stephens counties.
  • $1,553,000 in housing assistance grants has been approved for basic housing needs including emergency home repair and temporary housing.
  • $147,000 has been approved for other disaster-related assistance such as transportation, medical and dental expenses, moving and storage fees, and replacement or repair of personal property.
  • $1,100,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and business owners.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration officials urge residents to apply for assistance before the August 18 deadline. FEMA toll-free registration lines, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585, are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Applicants also may register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers are open in Midwest City and Ratliff City to provide information on low-interest disaster loans and to assist residents and business owners with applications. The centers are located at Eastside Church of Christ, 916 Douglas Blvd. in Midwest City and at Ratliff City Baptist Church, 234 Church Street in Ratliff City. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice. 

Residents and business owners also can receive more information about SBA disaster loans by calling 800-659-2955 or (TTY) 800-877-8339. SBA information also is available online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

Residents needing assistance or having questions about available disaster aid programs can continue to call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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