Aug. 3, 2009
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER FOR WILDFIRE DISASTER AID
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma residents have just two weeks to register for wildfire disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).The deadline for residents to apply for disaster assistance for damages or losses caused by April wildfires is Tuesday, August 18, 2009.
State and federal emergency managers urge residents of Oklahoma disaster-declared counties who suffered losses from wildfires April 9-12 to register for assistance, even if their losses were minimal.
A toll-free line is available between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily to take registrations. The number is 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Individuals and business owners also can register for help online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Federal and state recovery aid to residents can include
- grants for emergency disaster housing and essential repairs;
- grants for necessities not covered by insurance or other sources; and
- low-interest loans from the SBA.
Residents and business owners in Carter, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne and Stephens counties can register for disaster assistance.