OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Disaster assistance provided to those affected by Oklahoma wildfires now exceeds $2.9 million, state and federal emergency management officials announced today.
Recovery summary as of close of business July 27, 2009:
- 260 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance in the disaster declared counties of Carter, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne and Stephens.
- $1,590,000 in housing assistance grants has been approved for basic housing needs including emergency home repair and temporary housing.
- $179,000 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.
- $1,140,000 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 also 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's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.