SOME DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS TO TRANSITION TO SBA LOAN CENTERS

Disaster News

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Joint Field Office: Oklahoma City, OK

FEMA News Desk:  405-917-3250

OEM PIO, Michelann Ooten:  405-521-2481 (office); 405-205-1879 (cell)

SOME DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS TO TRANSITION TO SBA LOAN CENTERS

OKLAHOMA CITY – If you live in Oklahoma, Pottawatomie or Cleveland counties, don’t miss your opportunity to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) if you need assistance.

As a reflection of Oklahoma’s continuing recovery from the May 10-13 tornadoes and storms, three DRCs, operated by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will close June 9 and 10.

The good news for those who still need help from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is that SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) will open in these counties.

Specialists at the DLOCs will continue to help survivors complete applications for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA. The establishment of a DLOC demonstrates the SBA’s commitment to ensure that every qualified individual, nonprofit organization and business receives the help they need to recover from this disaster.

DRC Closings:

  • Oklahoma County: East Side Church of Christ, 916 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City at 7 p.m. June 9
  • Pottawatomie County: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence St., Shawnee at 7 p.m. June 10
  • Cleveland County: Little Axe High School, 2000 NE 168th Ave., Norman at 7 p.m. June 10

DLOC Openings:

  • Oklahoma County: East Side Church of Christ, 916 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City at 9 a.m. June 10
  • Pottawatomie County: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, West Grandstand Building, 1700 W. Independence St., Shawnee at 9 a.m. June 11
  • Cleveland County: 109 E. Main St., Moore at 9 a.m. June 11

In its continued effort to support the citizens of Oklahoma recovering from the May 10-13 storms, FEMA will open new DRCs June 10 and 11 in Seminole, Okfuskee and Carter counties.

“If you haven’t had a chance to make use of these excellent resources, we encourage you to drop by a Disaster Recovery Center before it closes next week,” said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. “However, if you miss out on the information provided at a DRC, our partners at the SBA will still be available to provide you with information on their loan programs and the recovery process.”

“Our specialists have met with more than 200 people since the centers opened last weekend,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. “The opening of new Disaster Recovery Centers will give us the opportunity to meet with even more Oklahomans and help them with their recovery from these storms.”

The current DRCs are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The DLOCs will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have already applied to FEMA and still require assistance, visit a center or call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. The deadline to register for assistance is July 23.

For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov/Oklahoma or visit the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management site at www.oem.ok.gov or follow on Twitter.com @OKEM. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov.

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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 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-877-8339).