OKLAHOMA CITY – State agencies, local and tribal governments as well as certain private nonprofits in three Oklahoma counties affected by the May 10-13 storms and tornadoes have just a few days left to file their official requests for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The deadline to file a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) is Saturday, Aug. 7.
Applicants must file RPAs within 30 days of an amendment to a presidential disaster declaration adding their counties to the declaration. That amendment was issued July 9 for Garvin, Love and Okmulgee counties.
“Filing an RPA with the state is the first step in the process of applying for FEMA reimbursements under the Public Assistance Grant Program,” said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. “We don’t want potential applicants to miss out on federal assistance they might be eligible to receive.”
“FEMA already is obligating grants to local and county governments and other applicants affected by this disaster,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. “Our specialists are ready to help those in Garvin, Love and Okmulgee counties as soon as they submit a request for assistance.”
The grants are obligated to the state to reimburse applicants for expenses they incurred while taking emergency measures to protect lives and property; cleaning up downed trees, power poles and other debris; and making repairs to public infrastructure.
In all, 13 counties are designated for Public Assistance under the federal disaster declaration for the May storms. The other 10 are Alfalfa, Cleveland, Grant, Major, McIntosh, Noble, Okfuskee, Osage, Pottawatomie and Seminole.
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.