DENTON, Texas -- Friday, Aug. 5, is the last day for survivors of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 22-25 in Oklahoma to register for assistance by contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is also the deadline to return any loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Until then, homeowners, renters and business owners in Caddo, Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan, McClain and Ottawa counties may 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.
"You only have one week left to register for assistance from FEMA, the SBA and the State," said Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) Albert Ashwood. "We don't want anyone to miss out on assistance because they missed the deadline."
"The registration deadline is rapidly approaching," said Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) William J. Doran III. "Please don't miss this opportunity to register for assistance if your property was damaged by the storms."
President Obama signed a disaster declaration on June 6 for the Oklahoma counties that were hit hard by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 22-25. Since then, some 990 Oklahoma households and businesses have registered for assistance. More than $10 million has been approved for eligible applicants.
Housing Assistance accounts for more than $2.28 million of the total, which includes grants to help pay for rent and home repair or replacement. More than $627,000 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.
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.
The SBA has approved more than $7.25 million in federal disaster loans to Oklahoma residents and businesses affected by the disaster.
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.
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 www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339.
Applicants may also apply online using SBA's Electronic Loan Application (ELA), via SBA's secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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.