OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- If you live in Oklahoma, Pottawatomie or Cleveland counties, don't miss your opportunity to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) if you need assistance.
As a reflection of Oklahoma's continuing recovery from the May 10-13 tornadoes and storms, three DRCs, operated by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will close June 9 and 10.
The good news for those who still need help from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is that SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) will open in these counties.
Specialists at the DLOCs will continue to help survivors complete applications for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA. The establishment of a DLOC demonstrates the SBA's commitment to ensure that every qualified individual, nonprofit organization and business receives the help they need to recover from this disaster.
- Oklahoma County: East Side Church of Christ, 916 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City at 7 p.m. June 9
- Pottawatomie County: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence St., Shawnee at 7 p.m. June 10
- Cleveland County: Little Axe High School, 2000 NE 168th Ave., Norman at 7 p.m. June 10
- Oklahoma County: East Side Church of Christ, 916 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City at 9 a.m. June 10
- Pottawatomie County: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, West Grandstand Building, 1700 W. Independence St., Shawnee at 9 a.m. June 11
- Cleveland County: 109 E. Main St., Moore at 9 a.m. June 11
In its continued effort to support the citizens of Oklahoma recovering from the May 10-13 storms, FEMA will open new DRCs June 10 and 11 in Seminole, Okfuskee and Carter counties.
"If you haven't had a chance to make use of these excellent resources, we encourage you to drop by a Disaster Recovery Center before it closes next week," said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. "However, if you miss out on the information provided at a DRC, our partners at the SBA will still be available to provide you with information on their loan programs and the recovery process."
"Our specialists have met with more than 200 people since the centers opened last weekend," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. "The opening of new Disaster Recovery Centers will give us the opportunity to meet with even more Oklahomans and help them with their recovery from these storms."
The current DRCs are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The DLOCs will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you have already applied to FEMA and still require assistance, visit a center or call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. The deadline to register for assistance is July 23.
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA Web site at /Oklahoma/ or visit the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management site at http://www.oem.ok.gov/ or follow on Twitter.com @OKEM. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov.