OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Just seventeen days after President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the Sooner State, nearly $2 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Oklahomans, according to officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
More than 840 Oklahoma households have registered for disaster assistance to date. Eligible applicants include homeowners and renters in Caddo, Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain Counties who sustained damage from the deadly storms, tornadoes and flooding of May 22-25.
Housing Assistance accounts for more than $1.5 million of the total, which includes grants to help pay for rent and home repair or replacement. Almost $416,000 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance --which includes grants for the repair or replacement of personal property, as well as reimbursements for medical, dental and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
"We're glad to see so much money in the hands of eligible storm survivors," said State Coordinating Officer and OEM Director Albert Ashwood. "We realize disaster assistance won't cover all of your losses and will not restore your damaged property to its pre-disaster condition. But we know the faster you get help, the sooner you can begin to rebuild your home and life."
To apply for disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 before Aug. 5, 2011. To apply online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov. Smart-phone users can register via m.fema.gov. Or visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in person. Representatives from OEM, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other state and federal agencies will be available at the centers to answer questions, help with disaster loan applications and provide recovery information.
"Whether you suffered minimal loss or catastrophic damage, we all work hard to address your needs," said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III. "We know you went through a personal disaster -- no matter the magnitude of impact or dollar amount of damage."
SBA offers low-interest, federal disaster loans for 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.
For additional information on SBA disaster loans, call the SBA at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have welcomed more than 770 visitors who needed one-on-one help. FEMA does not distribute cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers at DRCs. A list of open or pending DRCs follows:
Piedmont High School (open until 7 p.m. on June 25)
1055 Edmond Road NW
Piedmont, OK in Canadian County
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays
Community Center (open until 7 p.m. on June 30)
429 9th Street
Jay, OK in Delaware County
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26
Central Elementary School (open until 7 p.m. on June 25)
321 East Noble Avenue
Guthrie, OK in Logan County
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday