OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- More than $2.7 million in state and federal grants and loans is on the way to Oklahomans affected by the May 10-13 storms and tornadoes - just over three weeks after the presidential declaration on May 24.
"We are excited that the recovery process is moving so swiftly and smoothly," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. "Hundreds of Oklahomans have already received Individual Assistance grants and are using that money to rebuild and recover."
The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at close of business June 14:
- More than $1.6 million has been disbursed for temporary housing assistance and home repairs, under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).
- More than $211,000 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) has been disbursed to help meet serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs. These include personal property replacement, moving and storage, transportation, and medical and burial expenses.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $823,000 in low-interest loans to Oklahoma homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 945 inspections of damaged homes, or 92 percent of those requested to date.
- Six State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have opened in affected counties, offering residents a chance to meet with specialists in person. The final three close June 17 in Seminole, Carter and Okfuskee counties.
- More than 500 visits have been made to the DRCs.
- The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance from the May storms is July 23.
"We encourage Oklahomans to register and get the process of disaster recovery started as soon as they can," said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. "The sooner you get the process started, the sooner we can help you."
Residents and business owners with tornado-related losses in the affected counties may register for disaster assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/Oklahoma. Click on "May Tornadoes 2010" and go to "Recovery Statistics" for county-by-county recovery snapshots. Visit the OEM site at www.oem.ok.gov or follow OEM on Twitter at twitter.com/okem. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov.