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Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2007

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS OPEN IN MARSHALL, MUSKOGEE, AND STEPHENS COUNTIES OCTOBER 10-15

OKLAHOMA CITY – In an effort to reach out to disaster-declared counties, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are opening in Marshall, Muskogee, and Stephens counties, said officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Applicants in any declared county may receive services at any DRC location.

Representatives of state, federal and voluntary agencies will be available to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals and business owners.

Before visiting any of the DRCs, disaster victims are urged to register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or going on-line to www.fema.gov. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. Those who have questions may visit a DRC to meet with disaster recovery specialists.

These DRCs will be open Wednesday, Oct. 10 thru Monday, Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Sunday when the hours are 1 p.m. - 6p.m.:

October 10-15
Marshall County
Madill Round-Up Club
612 South Second Avenue
Madill, OK 73446

Oct. 10-15
Muskogee County
Muskogee Recreation Center
322 Callahan
Muskogee, OK 74401

Oct. 10-15
Stephens County
Red River Technology Center
3300 West Bois D’ Arc
Duncan, OK 73533

SBA Customer Service Representatives are at the DRCs to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help each individual and business owner complete their application.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not fully covered by insurance. The SBA may loan up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Up to $1.5 million is available for uncompensated business disaster losses.

Residents and business owners can receive information about SBA disaster loans and help with the application process by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955
or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

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