OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- State and federal assistance for those impacted by the Aug. 3-14 wildfire in Creek County has already reached more than $6.2 million in three weeks according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Of that total, more than $3.4 million has been awarded in maximum grants of $31,400 to 109 applicants affected by the wildfire.
“We are thrilled that Oklahomans are receiving their housing assistance so swiftly,” said State Coordinating Officer and OEM Deputy Director Michelann Ooten. “We encourage Creek County residents impacted by the fire to continue to register with FEMA as soon as possible.”
“I have seen the whole community come together to help wildfire-affected Oklahomans recover from this disaster and we are working diligently to expedite assistance dollars in order to support their efforts,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III. “I commend the Creek County residents who are tirelessly working to rebuild their lives and businesses.”
The $6.2 million includes more than $3.7 million in rental assistance and grants to repair and rebuild homes, as well as more than $400,000 for other disaster-related needs such as personal property and medical care.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $2.1 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations for their uncompensated physical disaster losses (homes, personal property and business assets) that were affected by the wildfire. SBA disaster loans are available to cover working capital needs caused by the disaster, whether or not the business suffered physical damage.
Since the disaster declaration, 561 individuals in Creek County affected by the wildfire applied for assistance with FEMA in one of several ways: For homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations, they registered for FEMA’s disaster assistance or checked the status of a registration online at www.disasterassistance.gov, used web-enabled phones at m.fema.gov or the FEMA app, or called 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Anyone using 711 Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), can call 1-800-621-3362. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT seven days a week; multilingual operators are available.
Registration is open 60 days from the date of the declaration making the last day to register Oct. 22.
Inspectors completed 343 inspections with only three inspections remaining.
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 DRC in Mannford. For more information on SBA disaster assistance, go to www.sba.gov.
Follow OEM on Twitter and Facebook at 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.