CADDO COUNTY ADDED TO LATEST OKLAHOMA DISASTER DECLARATION
OKLAHOMA CITY – Caddo County has just been added to the presidential disaster declaration stemming from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck Oklahoma May 22-25. Caddo County joins the six counties previously designated for Individual Assistance: Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the addition of Caddo based on a thorough review of the storm damages gathered by federal, state and local officials.
“If you suffered damages and live in Caddo County, call now,” urged Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Albert Ashwood, who also serves as the State Coordinating Officer. “You may be eligible for disaster assistance.”
To apply for disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA(3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Survivors can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Disaster assistance may include Housing Assistance grants to help homeowners and renters:
- Rent temporary housing for a limited period of time.
- Repair damage to a primary residence.
- Help replace homes destroyed in the disaster.
Disaster assistance also includes Other Needs Assistance grants, which helps individuals pay for:
- Disaster-related medical and dental costs;
- Disaster-related funeral and burial costs;
- Clothing, household items, tools required for work and necessary educational materials;
- Disaster-damaged vehicles;
- Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster; and,
- Other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.
“We want to make sure everyone knows about the help available, and gets as much help as possible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran, III. “We’re sending our Community Relations specialists out to Caddo County today to urge survivors to register with FEMA.”
When registering, applicants will be asked to provide:
- Social Security number
- Address of the damaged home or apartment
- Description of the damage
- Information about insurance coverage
- A current contact telephone number
- An address where they can get mail
- Bank account and routing numbers if they want direct deposit of any financial assistance.
Survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.
Additionally, disaster assistance includes low-interest, federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
SBA disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations for their uncompensated losses. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace their property damage and/or economic losses.
For more information on SBA disaster loan assistance, call SBA at 800-659-2955, or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call 800-877-8339.
Storm survivors may also be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) if they lost work or earnings due to the storms. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission or got to www.fema.gov/assistance/process/additional.shtm.
Representatives from FEMA, OEM and the SBA further provide one-on-one disaster recovery assistance at the following Disaster Recover Center locations. SBA representatives meet face-to-face with survivors to answer their questions, help them complete their disaster loan applications and close their approved disaster loans.
Piedmont High School (open June 10-24)
1055 Edmond Road NW
Piedmont, OK in Canadian County
Community Center (open June 17-30)
429 9th Street
Jay, OK in Delaware County
Canadian Valley Tech Center (open June 10-18)
1401 Michigan Avenue
Chickasha, OK in Grady County
Central Elementary School (open June 20-25)
321 East Noble Avenue
Guthrie, OK in Logan County
Blanchard Intermediate School (open June 10-24)
400 N. Harrison
Blanchard, OK in McClain County
Hours of operation for the DRCs are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, go to www.oem.ok.govor visit . Information can http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=14652also be accessed via smart phone at m.fema.gov.
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 cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
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