People in Atoka, Bryan, Comanche, Cleveland, Grady, Johnston, Kiowa, Le Flore, McClain, McCurtain, Oklahoma, Pittsburg and Pottawatomie counties affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5-June 4 can use several easy ways to register for state and federal disaster assistance.
Disaster assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may include grants and/or disaster assistance loans 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 nonprofit organizations. Homeowners and renters are also eligible for SBA loans for losses not fully compensated by insurance or other payments and do not duplicate benefits from other agencies or organizations.
You can apply at www.disasterassistance.gov, or via telephone by calling 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross, local officials or churches. Registrants with FEMA must use the name that appears on their Social Security card. Applicants will be asked to provide:
- Social Security number;
- Address of the damaged home or apartment and proof the applicant lived there at the time of the disaster;
- Description of the damage;
- Information about insurance coverage;
- A current contact telephone number;
- An address where you can get mail; and
- Bank account and routing numbers (if you want direct deposit of any financial assistance).