July 2, 2009
DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS OPENING IN LITTLE AXE AND MOORE
OKLAHOMA CITY – Two new Disaster Recovery Centers will open Monday, July 6 in Little Axe and Moore to assist residents recovering from wildfires that caused widespread damage in central Oklahoma April 9-12, 2009.
The centers will be operated by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Two other Disaster Recovery Centers remain open in Midwest City and Ratliff City. Disaster Recovery Centers that opened June 29 in Blanchard and Wellston will close Friday, July 3.
Following are the locations and operating schedules for the four active centers:
Little Axe High School Gymnasium
2000 168th Avenue NE
Little Axe, OK
109 E. Main Street
Open Monday, July 6 – Saturday, July 11
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Eastside Church of Christ
916 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK
Ratliff City Baptist Church
234 Church Street
Ratliff City, OK
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday
Closing 4 p.m. Friday for the July 4 weekend
Reopening Monday, July 6
Disaster assistance staff will answer questions and help with registration for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation, assist with disaster loan applications and provide information and contacts for other programs.
“We want to assure that everyone gets the assistance they need and encourage residents of the nine declared counties to register for assistance with FEMA” said Fred W. Liebe, OEM state coordinating officer for wildfire disaster recovery.
Carter, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne and Stephens counties are included in the June 19 presidential disaster declaration authorizing Individual Assistance to residents affected by the wildfires.
“Disaster Recovery Centers provide an excellent one-stop source for information on a wide range of state and federal disaster assistance available to residents affected by recent wildfires,” said Kenneth R. Tingman, FEMA federal coordinating officer for Oklahoma disaster recovery. “We are committed to assuring that all those facing loss or damage to their homes have safe and sanitary housing as they move toward recovery.”
State and federal disaster experts will be available at Disaster Recovery Centers to provide housing support, insurance information, public health information and vehicle assistance. SBA representatives provide one-on-one assistance with applications for low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses for losses not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
Before visiting a disaster Recovery Center, homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the wildfires are urged to register for assistance by calling FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Registration lines are open from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight seven days a week. Applicants also may register on-line at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Residents and business owners can receive more information about SBA disaster loans and get help with the application process by calling the SBA at 800-659-2955 or (TTY) 800-877-8339. SBA assistance also is available by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the SBA Web site, www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.