OKLAHOMA CITY -- Want to know where disaster recovery grants are going, or how to get assistance to rebound from the May 10-13 severe storms and tornadoes? Check out the new Web pages designed to put answers at your fingertips.
Launched today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the pages are available by clicking the "May Tornadoes 2010" button on FEMA's Oklahoma portal page at www.fema.gov/oklahoma.
The Web address may seem familiar to many of Oklahoma's Internet users. The new information is available through the same portal that residents, journalists, and government and private sector partners have been using to learn about recovery efforts related to the Christmas blizzard and the January ice storms.
"The site provides an easy way for people to find Oklahoma recovery information," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. "We revise it regularly so people can access the most complete, up-to-date information we have."
- A list of Disaster Recovery Centers where survivors can get help from specialists;
- Clickable maps that break down (by county, congressional district and state) the Individual Assistance (IA) funds disbursed through OEM and FEMA for housing and other needs;
- Details for applicants about the IA program;
- A photo library containing images of damage and rebuilding efforts;
- News releases from FEMA and OEM about recovery efforts and milestones;
- Updated loan totals from the U.S. Small Business Administration;
- Regular updates from the federal coordinating officer;
- A "Fast Facts" widget highlighting recovery and preparedness information;
- A "Feedback" feature for readers to share comments or ask questions, and;
- An "About this Disaster" link, describing the events that led up to the disaster declarations.
"We want the site to be as helpful as possible," said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. "The Web pages are a great resource for anyone who wants the latest details on recovery efforts from FEMA and OEM."
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against emergencies and disasters. The department delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through a network of more than 350 local emergency managers.
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.