FEMA opened disaster recovery centers in Sand Springs and Fort Gibson Friday. The centers will provide support to those affected by the severe weather in counties included in the Oklahoma federal disaster declaration for storms and flooding that began May 7.
FEMA recovery specialists, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management will be at the centers to talk about assistance and help people fill out applications.
Hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fort Gibson office and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Sand Springs.
FEMA's online page for Oklahoma shows 551 applications and nearly $6 million approved so far. You can apply for assistance online, but FEMA said there is a benefit to coming out and doing it in person.
"Some people need that one-on-one connection just to kind of walk them through that process," said FEMA Media Relations Specialist Scott Sanders.
"People aren't really familiar with disaster assistance, so it's not a complicated process, but it can be a little daunting when you're dealing with trying to recover from flooding or tornadoes. We are here to help those people walk through that process."
The Sand Springs FEMA DRC will be at Case Community Center, 1050 W. Wekiwa Road. In Fort Gibson, FEMA will set up at the High School at 500 S. Ross Street.