OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Survivors have just one week left to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to recover from the April 14 storms and tornadoes in Atoka County.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in Atoka County who sustained property damage should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before Tuesday, June 21. That deadline is also the last day to return loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“If you need help, call now,” said Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Albert Ashwood. “Don’t prejudge your eligibility for disaster assistance from the State, FEMA or the SBA. Time is running out.”
To apply or check on the status of your application, call 800-621-FEMA(3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Survivors can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for rent and home repairs, replace personal property and reimburse medical, storage and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance. Assistance may also include low-interest federal disaster loans from the SBA.
To date, more than $1.5 million in grants have been approved for Oklahomans recovering from the storms. The SBA has approved more than $1.6 million in disaster loans.
SBA offers low-interest federal disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations for their uncompensated losses. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace their property damage and/or economic losses.
"Please complete and submit your SBA loan application before June 21," said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III. "If the SBA is unable to approve a loan, you may be referred back to FEMA for other disaster aid."
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.