OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Specialists from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Customer Service Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be providing application assistance to Atoka County tornado survivors at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opening this week in Tushka.
"The April 14 tornado and severe storm brought considerable damage and heartache to the town of Tushka as well as other areas of Atoka County," said State Coordinating Officer and Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) Albert Ashwood. "We are relieved all impacted by the storm have this chance to begin the assistance process."
"We are here to support the survivors in their efforts to recover from this disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III. "Visiting a DRC can be that first step."
"We strongly encourage people to apply for assistance as soon as possible," said SBA Public Information Officer Michael Flores. "We are working closely with our federal, state and local partners to assist in the recovery of this resilient community."
A Disaster Recovery Center opens Friday, April 29, 2011:
Hours of Operation – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday
Tushka Town Hall
101 SE 1st Street
Registering for assistance before visiting a DRC will shorten applicants' time at the center. However, visiting a center is not required to be considered for assistance.
FEMA, SBA and OEM establish DRCs to circulate information to assist survivors with their recovery. Those with property damage can register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. Registration can also be completed online at www.disasterassistance.gov or at www.sba.gov.
Representatives from OEM, FEMA and the SBA will be available to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs and other agencies will also be available to individuals and business owners. FEMA does not distribute cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers at DRCs.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.