OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Just over three weeks after President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the Sooner State, nearly $5.6 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Oklahomans, according to officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
More than 900 Oklahoma households and businesses have registered for disaster assistance to date. Eligible applicants include homeowners, renters and businesses 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 $1.59 million of the total, which includes grants to help pay for rent and home repair or replacement. Almost $490,000 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.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $3.6 million in low-interest, federal disaster loans to Oklahoma residents and businesses affected by the disaster.
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 damaged personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace their property damage and/or economic losses.
"This is helping a lot of people get their lives back together," said State Coordinating Officer and OEM Director Albert Ashwood. "The sooner you register, the sooner you can begin to rebuild your home and life."
"If you know someone who has damaged property and hasn't registered, please remind them that help is available," said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III. "Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) welcomed more than 900 visitors who needed one-on-one help."
At this stage in the recovery process, DRCs close and are often replaced by SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs).
SBA customer service representatives are available at the following two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, help individuals complete their applications, and close their loans. No appointment is necessary.
The DLOCs are open Mondays through Fridays, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, until further notice. Both centers will be closed for the 4th of July holiday.
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Piedmont High School
1055 Edmond Road NW
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Blanchard Middle School - Cafeteria
400 N. Harrison
SBA disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, or visiting SBA's Web site at http://www.sba.gov/services/di...