TWO DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS TO TRANSITION TO SBA DISASTER LOAN OUTREACH CENTERS

Disaster News

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

June 16, 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)

TWO DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS TO TRANSITION TO SBA DISASTER LOAN OUTREACH CENTERS

OKLAHOMA CITY – If you live in Seminole, Okfuskee or Carter counties and sustained damage in the May 10-13 tornadoes and storms, don’t miss your opportunity to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) if you need assistance.

As Oklahomans continue to recover from the May storms, three DRCs operated by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will close June 17.

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 two of those counties.

SBA representatives at a DLOC will continue to provide homeowners, renters and business owners with face-to-face service in completing their loan applications, answering questions about SBA’s loan program and explaining how an SBA disaster loan can help pay for their disaster losses.

“If you live in Seminole, Carter or Okfuskee counties, we encourage you to stop by the DRC closest to you before it closes Thursday,” said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe. “These centers provide many valuable resources that will help survivors start putting their lives back together.”

DRC Closings at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17:

  • Seminole County: Community Room, at the end of Main Street, next to the swimming pool and golf course, Seminole
  • Okfuskee County: Okfuskee County Fairgrounds, 1204 E. Columbia, Okemah
  • Carter County: Salvation Army Gymnasium, 102 1st Ave. SW, Ardmore

DLOC Openings at 9 a.m. Friday, June 18:

  • Seminole County: Seminole State College, Haney Center, 2701 Boren Blvd., Seminole
  • Okfuskee County: Okfuskee County Fairgrounds, 1204 E. Columbia, Okemah

The DRCs are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday. The DLOCs will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“The transition of the recovery centers to DLOCs offers an opportunity for continued support and information on SBA loans,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. “At this point in the recovery process, we are working to meet the long-term needs of Oklahomans.”

For more help, click www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If you have already applied to FEMA and still require assistance, visit the 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 website at www.fema.gov/Oklahoma, visit the OEM site at www.oem.ok.gov or follow OEM on Twitter at http://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 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).