OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Survivors of the May 10-13 tornadoes and storms have only until Friday to register for federal and state grants or turn in their applications for low-interest disaster loans.
Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge homeowners, renters and business owners to take one last look at their property for uninsured damages that may have been caused by the storms.
"The 60-day registration period ends Friday," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. "It would be a real shame if someone needed our help, and was eligible for it, but we didn't find out in time."
Oklahomans in Carter, Cleveland, Creek, Garvin, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties can register for FEMA Individual Assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people with hearing or speech impairments. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help is available in all languages. Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
"We want every eligible Oklahoman to take advantage of this unique opportunity to get some of their recovery needs met," said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe.
SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) remain open in Shawnee and Moore to assist survivors with applications for low-interest disaster loans. Loans up to $200,000 are available to qualified homeowners to repair or replace real estate while qualified business owners and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $40,000 to repair/replace personal property
The DLOCs are located at: 109 East Main Street in Moore and in the Gordon Cooper Technology Center at 1 John C. Bruton Boulevard, Building D, in Shawnee. They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday. Survivors with questions about disaster loans can also call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or TTY 1-800-877-8339 for those with hearing and speech impairments.
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov/Oklahoma, visit the OEM site at www.oem.ok.gov or follow OEM on Twitter at http://twitter.com/okem. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov.
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