OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- In an effort to reach out to disaster-declared counties, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are opening in Atoka and Garfield counties, said officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Applicants in any declared county may receive services at any DRC location.
Representatives of state, federal and voluntary agencies will be available to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals and business owners.
Before visiting any of the DRCs, disaster victims are urged to register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or on-line at www.fema.gov. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. Those who have questions may visit a DRC to meet with disaster recovery specialists.
The schedule for upcoming Disaster Recovery Centers follows:
DRCs are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday Hours: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Sept. 19-Sept. 24
Atoka Police Dept. Building
1002 W. Liberty Road
Atoka, OK 74525
Sept. 19-Sept. 24
4125 W. Garriot Road, Suite XE
Enid, OK 73703
SBA Customer Service Representatives are at the DRCs to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help each individual and business owner complete their application.
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.
Residents and business owners can receive information about SBA disaster loans and help with the application process by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
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.