FEMA extends time for Oklahomans to register for disaster assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency

ENID, Okla. — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline to apply for disaster assistance in the wake of recent severe storms.

Oklahoma residents who suffered damage from storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 7 to June 9 now have until Aug. 14 to register with FEMA and for low-interest disaster loans from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management requested the extension to allow survivors extra time to update insurance information and find other documents needed to complete or supplement their applications, according to a press release. FEMA granted the extension for two weeks.

Designated counties for homeowners and renters include Alfalfa, Canadian, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garfield, Kay, Kingfisher, Le Flore, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Ottawa, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington and Woods.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

To register for FEMA assistance call (800) 621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish). Or, visit a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center. To find a mobile DRC near you, go to https://fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator. Registration also is available on the FEMA app, downloadable at fema.gov/mobile-app.

Low-interest disaster loans are available from the SBA to homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations. Applicants can apply for a low-interest disaster loan at their nearest disaster recovery center or online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Survivors can get more information on SBA disaster assistance by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659- 2955, by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Find out more at https://www.fema.gov/okmit and https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4438.

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