FEMA disaster declaration means good news to some fire victims

Wednesday, January 11th 2006, 5:57 am
By: News On 6

Good news for victims of Oklahoma wildfires. The federal government is stepping in to help families affected by the fires.

President Bush declared 12 Oklahoma counties disaster zones. That means Federal Emergency Management funding is on the way.

FEMA says they will look at every situation and evaluate each family's needs. The funds include up to $27,000 in grant money and assistance in receiving low interest loans. Even if you have insurance, FEMA can fill the gap and cover what insurance doesn't cover.

One family who lost everything says its heart wrenching but they're moving forward. Jolene Maxberry, who lost a home in the fires: “once the demolition happens on this house it will be a kind of closure to that part and I’ll be able to go ahead and look to the future.”

FEMA says they will also pay volunteer and out of state fire departments for costs associated with the fires in those 12 counties.