OKLAHOMA CITY – State and federal disaster assistance for Oklahoma topped $50 million this week as recovery continues following the devastating May severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. The figure includes funding from Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The deadline for Oklahomans to apply for disaster assistance has been extended to August 19, 2013. Homeowners, renters and business owners in Canadian, Cleveland, LeFlore, Lincoln, McClain, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee and Pottawatomie counties who sustained damage from the May 18-June 2 storms, can apply for state and federal assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov.
Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 (Voice or 7-1-1/ Relay) or TTY 800-462-7585. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).
More than $13.3 million in disaster assistance for housing and disaster-related expenses has been approved for qualified homeowners and renters. This includes more than $9.3 million in rental costs and house repairs, and more than $3.9 million for medical expenses, replacement clothing, vehicle repairs, funeral and burial costs, and other needs generated by the storms.
In addition, over $4.1 million has been approved for the cleanup of debris incurred by an EF-5 tornado on May 20. The funding comes from a pilot program that encourages accelerated debris removal in disaster-damaged communities.
As of July 29, more than one million cubic yards of disaster debris had been cleared in Oklahoma, roughly 87 percent of the estimated total of 1,164,399 cubic yards generated by the storms.
The SBA has approved more than $34.4 million in low-interest disaster loans for qualified homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma.
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.