OKLAHOMA CITY – Okfuskee County has been added to the federal disaster declaration issued for Oklahoma on July 12 for the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred April 30 to May 1. Okfuskee is now eligible to apply for FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) funding to supplement state and local recovery efforts.
FEMA’s PA program reimburses counties, states, tribes and certain nonprofit organizations for eligible costs of disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, such as roads, bridges, public utilities, including water treatment and electrical plants, government buildings and parks.
FEMA normally pays 75 percent of the approved cost and the state and local government share the remaining 25 percent.
The 18 other counties previously approved for Public Assistance for this disaster incident period are: Alfalfa, Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Craig, Kay, Lincoln, Love, Major, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Stephens and Tillman.
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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.