Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2009
Declaration Delivers Individual Assistance to Nine Counties Affected by April Wildfires to Apply for Disaster Assistance, Call Toll Free Number or go On-line
Disaster assistance is now available for those living in Carter, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne and Stephens counties who sustained damage due to wildfires April 9-12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) toll-free application telephone number is now operational for those who suffered property damage or other losses. Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for assistance. Those with speech or hearing impairment may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.
Individuals may also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
In response to a request from Gov. Brad Henry, President Obama today signed a major disaster declaration designating the nine counties eligible for federal aid to help meet the recovery needs of residents and business owners. The declaration delivers a wide range of programs such as funding for temporary disaster housing assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans for renters, homeowners and business owners to repair or replace damaged property, replacement grants for serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
When calling to apply, operators will need the following information from the applicant:
- Current phone number;
- Address at the time of the disaster and the address where the applicant is now staying;
- Social Security number, if available;
- A general list of damages and losses applicant suffered;
- If insured, the name of the company or agent and the policy number;
- General financial information; and,
- Bank account coding information if the applicant wishes to speed up their assistance with direct deposit.
Individuals should not prejudge their eligibility, even if they don’t have all the information necessary or if it was lost in the fires.
Individuals who already registered with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or another voluntary agency or who have reported damage to county or local officials, still need to call FEMA’s toll-free number or register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov and apply for the federal and state assistance programs.