Nearly $2 Million In Disaster Assistance Since May Storms


Saturday, June 6th 2015, 6:20 pm
By: News 9


Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) officials said those impacted by storms in Oklahoma from May 5 through June 4 have totaled $1.78 million in state and federal disaster assistance so far. The amount was reached after the May 26 major disaster declaration.

More than 3,100 homeowners and renters have applied for assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), FEMA, and the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

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According to FEMA, disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement costs. Low-interest SBA disaster loans may be available to businesses of all sizes as well as certain private non-profit organizations. Officials said homeowners and renters are also eligible for SBA loans for losses not fully compensated by insurance or other compensation and do not duplicate benefits from other agencies or organizations.

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There are three disaster recovery centers still open in the state. They are in Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma Counties. The centers serve as a place where survivors can get information about what kind of assistance may be available.

Specialists from OEM, FEMA and SBA are ready to answer questions at these locations:

  • Noble High School - 4601 E. Etowah Road, Noble, OK 73068 - Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice
  • Bridge Creek Elementary School, Upper Grade Cafeteria - 2209 E. Sooner Road, Blanchard, OK 73010 - Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (Formerly Crossroads Mall) - 7000 Crossroads Blvd., Northwest Entrance (Accessible from Southwest 66th Street), Suite 2042, Oklahoma City, OK 73149 - Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice

Learn more about applying for assistance online.