Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency
June 7, 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)
RENTERS ADVISED NOT TO MISS OUT ON DISASTER ASSISTANCE
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma renters who lost their homes or personal property as a result of the May 10-13 storms might be missing out on assistance.
Renters may be eligible for a range of disaster-related assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. But Oklahomans who rent may not have gotten that message.
Of the more than 1,000 Oklahomans who have registered for state and FEMA assistance, a great majority said they are homeowners.
Regardless of whether they rented an apartment, mobile home or house before the storm, renters whose homes were made unlivable because of severe damage need to contact FEMA.
“Disaster aid is not limited to homeowners,” said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe “Thanks to federal and state rental-support programs, eligible Oklahomans who sustained damages in this disaster can receive the boost they need to get back on their feet.”
Through its Individual and Households Program (IHP), FEMA offers two kinds of housing assistance that target eligible renters:
Renters and homeowners alike may also be eligible for Other Needs Assistance (ONA), available through the IHP and designed to help survivors with uninsured necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster. ONA money can be used for:
To qualify for any of this aid, renters must first register with FEMA in any of three ways:
“The tornadoes that hit Oklahoma didn’t discriminate between homeowners and renters. FEMA won’t either,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. “FEMA is here to ensure that all eligible survivors get the recovery help they need.”
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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.
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 uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call the Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).