OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Oklahomans are still in the process of recovering from the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that caused extensive damage to homes as well as personal losses this summer. While making repairs or rebuilding their homes, affected homeowners are keeping in mind disaster-resistant building methods to guard against potential future disasters. Costly in terms of monetary value and personal loss, disasters have personally impacted more than 7,013 Oklahomans this summer.
More than $27 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Oklahomans affected by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes which occurred June 10-July 25 and another bout of severe weather August 18-September 12, according to officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The recovery summary as of Sept. 24 for severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes which occurred June 10-July 25 and for severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes which occurred August 18-Sept.12 is as follows:
- 7,013 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance.
- $13.9 million in Individual Assistance has been approved.
- SBA has approved $13.4 million in low-interest disaster loans to Oklahoma residents and businesses.
- 5,386 home inspections have been completed.
- 4,321 individuals have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC).
- $15,107 in disaster unemployment has been approved.
Disaster victims are urged to register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or going on-line at www.fema.gov. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. The helplines are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 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 visiting the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Applicants should contact FEMA and the SBA to update their information and also provide any change in current?mailing addresses.
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. For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov, www.floodsmart.gov, and www.oem.ok.gov.
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.