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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Residents of Oklahoma who suffered damage and expense from last week’s historic winter storm can apply for individual FEMA assistance and small business loans.
President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Oklahoma on Thursday.
“Oklahomans experienced a once in a lifetime storm last week and this one-on-one assistance is essential to our full recovery,” Governor Stitt said. “I am grateful for [ODEMHS] Director [Mark] Gower’s tenacity and grateful to the Biden administration for continuing to help Oklahoma. “
Biden’s Statement Allows Homeowners, Tenants and Business Owners in the Following 16 Counties to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance and / or Low Interest US Small Disaster Loans Business Administration:
Assistance may include assistance for the following:
- Repairs to housing or temporary housing;
- Grants for critical needs and necessary disaster expenses not covered by other programs;
- US Small Business Administration (SBA) low interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property.
Go to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply.
Stitt hopes to add more counties to the major disaster declaration as FEMA identifies and verifies additional damage from the winter storm.
Anyone with significant property damage from the storm who does not live in one of the 16 approved counties is encouraged to report the damage online at damage.ok.gov. Photos of the damage can be uploaded through the website.
Examples of significant damage are:
- Flooding and water damage inside the house caused by broken pipes
- Roof damage or roof collapse
- Major damage to HVAC and electrical systems
- Wastewater safeguards
- Long-term water cuts
- Other issues
âReporting your damage helps the state continue to advocate for federal assistance for residents of other counties who are suffering from damage from the winter storm,â Gower said. âWe work closely with FEMA throughout this process and appreciate their partnership and support. “
All 77 counties in Oklahoma are approved for Public Assistance Category B for emergency protective measures, including the costs of emergency operations centers, shelter and mass care and other costs associated with winter storm response.
“Further assistance may be approved once the damage assessments are completed,” the press release said.
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