OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans affected by the May 18-27 severe storms and tornadoes may now visit Disaster Recovery Centers in Carney, Norman, Oklahoma City and Shawnee to get information about disaster assistance.
Carney High School
203 South Carney St.
Carney, OK 74832
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Westmoore High School
12613 South Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Gordon Cooper Technology Center
One John C. Bruton Blvd.
Shawnee, OK 74802
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Little Axe Elementary School
2000 168th Ave. NE
Norman, OK 73026
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The centers are one-stop shops where disaster survivors can meet face to face with specialists from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). During a visit to the center, visitors can:
• Discuss their individual disaster-related needs
• Obtain information about different types of state and federal assistance
• Submit any required documentation, such as phone bills or letters from insurance companies
• Find out the status of an application
• Get help from SBA specialists in completing low-interest SBA disaster loan applications for homeowners, renters and business owners
• Learn how the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations might help with immediate unmet needs
• Meet with FEMA hazard mitigation specialists to learn about reducing future disaster losses and rebuilding safer and stronger
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement costs. Low-interest SBA loans may be available for losses not covered by insurance or other sources.
Before visiting a recovery center, survivors can apply for state and federal assistance online at
www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. People may also call
800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.
For those with low vision or hearing impairments, the centers may have:
• Captioned telephones, which transcribe spoken words into text
• The booklet Help After a Disaster in large print and Braille
• American Sign Language interpretation available upon request
• Magnifiers and assistive listening devices
• 711-Relay or Video Relay Services available
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4117 or visit the OEM site at www.oem.ok.gov. The fema.gov website has a link to a Rumor Control Page, which clears up disaster-related rumors.
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.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against emergencies and disasters. The department delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through a network of more than 350 local emergency managers.
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.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.