DENTON, Texas -- Survivors of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 22-25 in Oklahoma have just two weeks left to register for state and federal disaster assistance.
Friday, Aug. 5, is the last day to begin the assistance process by contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is also the deadline to return any loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained property damage in Caddo, Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan, McClain and Ottawa counties should contact FEMA and register before time runs out.
"Time is running out for taking the first step to getting help from FEMA, the SBA and the State," said Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) Albert Ashwood. "We want to remind everyone with property damaged by these storms to register for assistance."
"Please don't hesitate to register for disaster assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) William J. Doran III. "If you sustained property damage and haven't registered yet, please do it before time runs out."
Homeowners, renters and business owners in these counties may apply for disaster assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. To apply online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov. The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Aug. 5, 2011.
President Obama signed a disaster declaration on June 6 for the Oklahoma counties that were hit hard by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 22-25. Since then, some 980 Oklahoma households and businesses have registered for assistance. More than $9 million has been approved for eligible applicants.
Housing Assistance accounts for more than $2.1 million of the total, which includes grants to help pay for rent and home repair or replacement. More than $604,000 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance -- which includes grants for the repair or replacement of personal property, as well as reimbursements for medical, dental and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
Disaster assistance may include grants from FEMA to help individuals pay for rent and home repairs, replace personal property and reimburse medical, storage and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance. Assistance may also be available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in the form of low-interest loans.
The SBA has approved more than $6.9 million in federal disaster loans to Oklahoma residents and businesses affected by the disaster.
SBA offers low-interest, federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations for their uncompensated losses. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace their property damage and/or economic losses.
SBA disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339.
Applicants may also apply online using SBA's Electronic Loan Application (ELA), via SBA's secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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