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Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release: June 2, 2008

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER OPENS THURSDAY, JUNE 5, IN PITTSBURG COUNTY

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announce the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center in Pittsburg County, starting Thursday, June 5.

The center will provide opportunities for residents to meet face-to-face with representatives from state and federal agencies and find answers to questions they may have about the recovery process. It will serve individuals, households and businesses affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Pittsburg County, May 10, 2008.

The location of the Pittsburg County DRC will be:

Stipe Community Recreation Center

801 N. Ninth Street

McAlester

DRC Operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 5, 6 & 7 only.

Individuals can register for assistance by calling-1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY-1-800-462-7585 for those who are hearing- or speech-impaired. FEMA operators are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, until further notice. Registration can also be completed online at www.fema.gov.

SBA representatives will be at the center to meet individually with each resident or business owner to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program, help them complete their disaster loan application and accept their completed applications. Anyone not able to visit a center should call 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

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