DENTON, TX -- Individuals and businesses in Ottawa County are now eligible to register for disaster assistance in the wake of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit Oklahoma May 22-25.
On June 6, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for Caddo, Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain Counties, designating them as eligible for Individual Assistance. Ottawa County was added to that list last night.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in Ottawa County may now apply for disaster assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. To apply online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov. The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Aug. 5, 2011.
Disaster assistance may include grants from FEMA to help individuals 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 be available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in the form of low-interest loans.
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.
In the month since the disaster declaration, more than 940 Oklahoma households and businesses have registered for assistance. More than $7 million has been approved for eligible applicants.
Housing Assistance accounts for more than $1.83 million of the total, which includes grants to help pay for rent and home repair or replacement. More than $536,000 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 SBA has approved more than $5.5 million in federal disaster loans to Oklahoma residents and businesses affected by the disaster.
"We’re now well into the recovery phase," said State Coordinating Officer and OEM Director Albert Ashwood. "The assistance is welcomed."
“The disaster was declared a month ago and we are working with our state partners to assist as many as we can,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III.
SBA customer service representatives continue to be available at the following 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, both DLOCs will close on July 14, at 5:30 pm.
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 ...