OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma residents who suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds of May 18-June 2 now have more time to apply for state and federal disaster assistance. The new registration deadline is Monday, August 19.
The registration period normally lasts for 60 days following a disaster, but this extension gives Oklahomans an extra month to update insurance information and find other documents needed to complete or supplement their applications.
The extension comes within days of a request by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the request on July 15, 2013.
Residents in nine counties – Canadian, Cleveland, LeFlore, Lincoln, McClain, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie – with uninsured or underinsured losses who have yet to register are urged to do so online at disasterassistance.gov or by phone via FEMA's toll-free numbers, (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585. Specialists are standing by 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily to help applicants with the registration process.
“If you have storm damage, please register with FEMA before the new deadline. We want to ensure that everyone eligible receives assistance for their losses,” said State Coordinating Officer and OEM Deputy Director Michelann Ooten.
Assistance to individuals can include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also available for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair or replace real or personal property.
Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register twice. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.
“While applying is the first step, you still should follow up on your application and continue to update your contact information,” said Sandy Coachman, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer in Oklahoma.
As recovery continues, disaster assistance for Oklahoma has topped $40 million. This amount includes more than $12 million under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) to qualified homeowners and renters and over $25 million in low-interest disaster loans for qualified homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.
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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