OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Pottawatomie County to serve individuals affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes. The center will open on Thursday, July 19 at 8 a.m. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (local time).
The center will be open for five days from July 19 through July 23. It will close while staff shifts to another location to help flood victims. It will reopen for six days on Tuesday July 31 through Sunday August 5.
The Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Conference Center Building, Heart of OK Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee.
Written materials on various assistance programs will be available. The programs include temporary housing assistance, individual and family grants, low interest SBA loans and disaster unemployment assistance.
SBA representatives at the DRC will meet individually with each applicant to provide assistance in completing their disaster loan application, answer any questions about SBA's disaster loan program, and accept completed disaster loan applications. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not fully covered by insurance. The SBA may loan up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Up to $1.5 million is available for uncompensated business disaster losses.
"We encourage anyone who was affected by the storms to call the toll-free registration number even if they have applied to other service agencies," said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. Don't assume you will not be eligible for our help."
FEMA's toll-free number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing- and speech-impaired persons should call TTY 1-800-462-7585. The lines operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (local time). Applicants are asked to call and register before visiting the Disaster Recovery Center.
"This new center opening will make it convenient for people from the area who had storm damage to sit down with federal, state and local disaster specialists who are all in one location and get all of their questions answered," said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr.
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 uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.