DENTON, Texas -- Nearly a year after Atoka County in Oklahoma was declared a federal disaster area following the April 14, 2011, tornado, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have approved more than $1.6 million in Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance for affected residents.
To date, more than $1.4 million has been approved for Housing Assistance and more than $235,000 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - which includes the repair or replacement of personal property damaged or destroyed during the disaster, transportation costs, medical and dental expenses and funeral and burial costs.
“It’s great to see that so many families and business owners in Atoka County have received this much needed assistance,” said OEM Director Albert Ashwood.
“We are committed to helping the people of Atoka County in the aftermath this devastating tornado,” said FEMA Region 6 Deputy Administrator Tony Robinson. “We will continue to work with our state partners to ensure individuals and families get what they need to rebuild their lives, homes and communities.”
Housing assistance is provided to individuals and families in designated disaster areas whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance. The IHP assistance may not replace all disaster-related losses, but is intended to aid individuals and families on the road to recovery.
For more information on the Oklahoma disaster recovery efforts, click on www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=14132.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
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.