Disaster Assistance Tops $5.1 Million for May 18-27 Storms

OKLAHOMA CITY June 7, 2013 – State and federal disaster assistance now tops $5.1 million for homeowners and renters in Oklahoma affected by the May 18-27 severe storms and tornadoes.

More than 8,000 Oklahomans have applied for assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the May 18-27 storms.

Disaster assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing and home repairs, and other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs, not covered by insurance or other sources.

• Individual Assistance funds approved: $5,153,643
o Housing Assistance: $3,699,408
o Other Needs Assistance: $1,145,234
• Registrations: 8,049

OEM and FEMA have four Disaster Recovery Centers where survivors may walk in to get information and apply for assistance. Specialists from OEM, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions. To date 3,179 people have visited the centers:

• Little Axe Elementary School, 2000, 168th Ave. NE, Norman, Hours: 9 a.m.—7 p.m.
• Carney High School, 204 South Carney St., Carney, Hours: 8 a.m.—7 p.m.
• Westmoore High School, 12613 South Western Ave., Oklahoma City Hours: 8 a.m.—8 p.m.
• Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Blvd., Shawnee Hours: 8 a.m.—8 p.m.

Low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations are also available from the SBA. The first loans to qualified homeowners and renters have been approved.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in the five designated counties (Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomi) who sustained damage from the May 18-27 storms can apply for state and federal assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov.

Survivors of the May 18-27 storms may also apply by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click fema.gov/disaster/4117 or visit the OEM site at 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.

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 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.

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