Disaster News


Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

July 8, 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)


OKLAHOMA CITY – Survivors of Oklahoma’s May 10-13 storms and tornadoes have just two weeks left to register for state and federal disaster assistance.

Friday, July 23, is the last day to begin the assistance process by contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is also the deadline to return any loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“Registration is the first step to getting help from FEMA or our state or federal partners, but time is running out,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. “We want everyone who is eligible to receive assistance to get that help as soon as possible.”

Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained property damage in nine disaster-designated counties should contact FEMA and register before time runs out. Those counties are Carter, Cleveland, Creek, Garvin, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole.

“Don’t just wonder if you are eligible for assistance, find out,” said State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). “If you sustained property damage and haven’t registered yet, do so today.”

Oklahomans can register for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. They can also apply for assistance, ask questions or check on the status of an application by dialing FEMA’s Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Help in all languages is available.

To date, more than $7 million in state/FEMA grants and/or low-interest disaster loans has been approved for Oklahomans recovering from the storms.

SBA disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to qualified homeowners to repair or replace real estate, while homeowners and renters may be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair/replace personal property. Qualified business owners and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million. For more information, call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.

The SBA loan application also can be the gateway to further assistance. If the SBA is unable to approve a loan, the applicant may be referred back to FEMA for other disaster aid.

For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click 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).