Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency
May 29, 2010
Joint Field Office: Oklahoma City, OK
FEMA News Desk: 405-917-3250
OEM PIO, Michelann Ooten: 405-521-2481 (office); 405-205-1879 (cell)
OKLAHOMANS RECEIVE MORE THAN $725,000 IN ASSISTANCE IN LESS THAN A WEEK
OKLAHOMA CITY – Less than one week after nine counties in Oklahoma were declared federal disaster areas following the May 10-13 storms, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have disbursed more than $725,000 in assistance to Oklahomans.
To date, nearly $650,000 has disbursed to Oklahomans for Housing Assistance and more than $78,000 in Other Needs Assistance, which includes the repair or replacement of personal property damaged or destroyed during the disaster, for transportation costs, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial costs.
Assistance is available to Oklahomans in Carter, Cleveland, Creek, Garvin, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.
“We are working hard to make sure that survivors receive assistance as quickly as possible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. “The faster the survivors receive assistance money, the sooner they can begin to rebuild their homes and lives.”
“We are thrilled that Oklahomans are receiving their housing assistance so swiftly,” said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. “I encourage survivors to continue to register with FEMA to get the ball rolling on the assistance process.”
So far, 585 individuals and families have registered for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or by completing an application at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Housing assistance is provided to individuals, families and businesses in designated disaster areas whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance. This assistance is not intended to restore damaged property to its condition before the disaster.
Storm survivors may also be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) if they lost work or earnings due to the storms. For more information, click www.fema.gov/assistance/process/additional.shtm
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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 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.