OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- A simple click of your computers mouse will take you to a website just for the disaster recovery in Oklahoma -- where severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on May 22-25 prompted a federal disaster declaration.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched the disaster-specific online resource immediately following the declaration. Visit the website at www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=14652.
"This site offers an easy way to find information about the Oklahoma recovery operations," said State Coordinating Officer and OEM Director Albert Ashwood. "Frequent updates will enable folks to follow our progress and get real-time data and dollar disbursements."
Current and planned website features include:
- Explanations of various FEMA programs, including Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation.
- A widget that shows total dollar amounts approved for individual households, updated daily.
- Total dollar amounts for low-interest, federal disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofits from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- Links to Disaster Recovery Center locations and hours of operation.
- News releases from OEM and FEMA about recovery efforts and milestones.
- Photographs of the recovery efforts.
- Updates and statements from the State Coordinating Officer and Federal Coordinating Officer, who are leading recovery operations.
"We hope visitors will deem the website useful and valuable," said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran, III. "The site provides a transparent look at the joint efforts taking place to help Oklahomans recover from the May storms."
Storm survivors can register for disaster assistance at the website, or at www.disasterassistance.gov. They can also register by phone at 800-621-FEMA(3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Smart phone users can even register via m.fema.gov. Phone lines remain open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. central time every day. Multilingual operators are available.
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.