OKLAHOMA CITY – Creek County residents impacted by the Aug. 3-14 wildfire have one more day to take advantage of the Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) in Olive; First Baptist Church, 9372 S. 433rd West Ave. Drumright, OK 74030. The center is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.
The MDRC assisted more than two dozen residents who took the opportunity to begin their recovery by registering for assistance and speaking with representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and others.
The Disaster Recovery Center at 101 Green Valley Road, Mannford, OK 74044, next to the public library, will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice.
Phones will be available for individuals unable to register ahead of time.
Visiting a center is not required to be considered for assistance. Homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and certain nonprofit organizations can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov or the FEMA app, or by calling FEMA’s toll-free numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Anyone using 711 Relay or Video Relay Services, can call 1-800-621-3362. Specialists are available by phone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT; multilingual operators are available.
Within just a little more than two weeks, following the President’s declaration for a major disaster, more than 500 Creek County residents registered for assistance and FEMA has approved more than $3.7 million to help them begin the recovery process following the devastating wildfire.
SBA also provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits for their uncompensated physical disaster losses (homes, personal property and business assets). For small businesses and most private nonprofits, SBA disaster loans are available to cover working capital needs caused by the disaster, whether or not the business suffered physical damage.
It is important that anyone receiving an SBA disaster loan application complete and return it. Returning the application does not obligate you to accept an SBA loan; however, it is a necessary step to be considered for other additional forms of federal disaster assistance.
To apply for an SBA disaster loan: After registering with FEMA, go online to SBA’s secure site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; call 1-800-659-2955 or TTY 1-800-877-8339; or visit the Disaster Recovery Center or Mobile Disaster Recovery Center. For more information on SBA disaster assistance, go to www.sba.gov.
Follow OEM on Twitter and Facebook at www.twitter.com/okem and www.facebook.com/oklahomadepartmentofemergencymanagement. FEMA tweets about the Oklahoma disaster are at twitter.com/femaregion6. Additional FEMA online resources include blog.fema.gov, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.