Oklahoma City, OK -- Oklahoma County has been added to the list of counties included in the disaster declaration issued by President Clinton on November 27. The declaration, sought by Governor Keating, makes federal and state Individual Assistance disaster programs available to residents and business owners.
The county was added after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reviewed damage assessment information, submitted by the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM), for severe storm and flood damage in the vicinity of the city of Edmund.
"If damage assessment figures come in from undeclared counties through the state, FEMA will review the information and add them to the declaration if the losses qualify for federal assistance," Federal Coordinating Officer Joe D. Bray said.
Individual Assistance programs, now available to residents and businesses in Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Grady, Oklahoma and Tillman counties, provide a wide range of help, such as funding for disaster housing assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs.
A toll-free application telephone number, now operational for those in the six counties declared eligible for individual assistance programs, is available by calling 800-462-9029, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until further notice. Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call TYY 800-462-7585.
"Phone-in application has proven to be the simplest, quickest and most efficient way to apply. for state and federal assistance available under the disaster declaration," said State Coordinating Officer Fred Liebe, ODCEM. "Individuals who have suffered damage or loss and now have unmet needs are encouraged to call the application number immediately. Even if you don't have all the information necessary, or it was lost in the storms and flooding, don't hesitate to call and don't prejudge your eligibility," he said. "It's important that all impacted residents get the assistance they are entitled to."