HELP CENTERS OPEN FOR OKLAHOMA TORNADO SURVIVORS
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open three Disaster Recovery Centers on
June 10 to help people affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding May 22-May 25.
Applicants may include eligible homeowners, renters and business owners in Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain Counties.
Representatives from OEM, FEMA and the US. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to answer questions, help with disaster loan applications and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs and other agencies will also be available. FEMA does not distribute cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers at DRCs.
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for rent and home repairs, replace personal property and reimburse medical, storage and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or charities. Assistance may also include low-interest federal disaster loans from SBA.
SBA offers disaster loans to 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.
Three Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, June 10, 2011. Hours of Operation are
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Blanchard Middle School
400 N. Harrison
Blanchard, OK 73010
Canadian Valley Tech Center
1401 Michigan Avenue
Chickasha, OK 73018
Piedmont High School
1055 Edmond Road NW
Piedmont, OK 73078
Registering for assistance before visiting a DRC will shorten your time at the center. FEMA, SBA and OEM establish DRCs to assist survivors with their recovery. To apply for disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. Registration can also be completed online at www.disasterassistance.gov or at www.sba.gov.
Apply in person for an SBA disaster loan at any DRC and receive one-on-one help from an SBA representative. For additional information on SBA disaster loan assistance, call SBA at 800-659-2955, or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call 800-877-8339.
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click on http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=14132 or www.oem.ok.gov. Information can also be accessed via smart phone at m.fema.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.
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 homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers 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.