Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Small Business Administration
April 26, 2011
ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR STORM-IMPACTED RESIDENTS IN ATOKA COUNTY, OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA CITY – Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Customer Service Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are working with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and local officials to speed disaster assistance to Oklahoma, following the severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes that hit the state on April 14.
President Barack Obama’s April 22 disaster declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Atoka county. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest disaster assistance loans for homeowners, renters and businesses to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated county can apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CDT) seven days a week until further notice.
For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800- 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
“We are pleased with the pace of this recovery effort,” said Director and State Coordinating Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Albert Ashwood. “We urge all those affected in Atoka County to apply for assistance now.”
“We are here to support the state in the recovery efforts in Atoka County,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III. “We are committed to providing the resources needed to help people and their families get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
“The U.S. Small Business Administration is here to assist all homeowners, renters, and businesses affected by this life altering disaster,” said SBA Public Information Officer Michael Flores. “We strongly encourage all those affected to apply for disaster assistance.”
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov/Oklahoma or visit the OEM site at www.oem.ok.gov.
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 Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against emergencies and disasters. The department delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through a network of more than 350 local emergency managers.
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.
SBA is the federal government’s primary source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).