OKLAHOMA CITY – To meet the needs of Oklahomans impacted by the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in El Reno will transition into a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center on July 15.
Jointly operated by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the SBA, the recovery center is located in Jenks Simmons Field House at 214 N. Country Club Rd. It will open as an SBA center on Monday, July 15. Hours will be Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.
After the transition, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet individually with residents and business owners to answer their questions, explain SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program, issue applications, help them complete their applications, and close their approved disaster loans.
SBA low-interest disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Renters and owners of homes and businesses in the nine declared counties have until July 19 to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. Register by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number: (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585. The lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Oklahoma counties that have been declared for individual assistance are: Canadian, Cleveland, LeFlore, Lincoln, McClain, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie.
Meanwhile, the recovery center at Westmoore High School in south Oklahoma City has moved to a new location: Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 304 SW 134th Street. The center is now open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, except on Wednesday when it closes at 5 p.m.
As Oklahomans continue to recover, they can meet with FEMA Mitigation specialists at the recovery centers in Oklahoma City (until 6 p.m. on July 24) and El Reno (until 6 p.m. on July 13) to learn how to rebuild safer and stronger. FEMA also provides rebuilding information online, including the informational booklet Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business. To download a copy, click on: FEMA.gov/safe-room-resources/fema.
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.
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