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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahomans have received more than $725,000 in assistance in the week following the May 10-13 storms, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. That agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency disbursed the funds to assist Oklahomans in nine counties that were declared federal disaster areas.

So far, 585 Oklahoma individuals and families have registered for assistance.

Assistance is available to Oklahomans in Carter, Cleveland, Creek, Garvin, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.

"We are thrilled that Oklahomans are receiving their housing assistance so swiftly," said FEMA State Coordinating Officer Fred W. Liebe.

"I encourage survivors to continue to register with FEMA to get the ball rolling on the assistance process."

Nearly $650,000 has disbursed to Oklahomans for Housing Assistance and more than $78,000 in Other Needs Assistance, which includes the repair or replacement of personal property damaged or destroyed during the disaster, for transportation costs, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial costs.

Housing assistance is provided to individuals, families and businesses in designated disaster areas whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance. This assistance is not intended to restore damaged property to its condition before the disaster.

So far, 585 individuals and families have registered for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or by completing an application at www.disasterassistance.gov

Storm survivors who missed work due or lost earnings due to the storms should check with Disaster Unemployment Assistance to learn if they are eligible for help.  

To learn if you qualify for other types of help, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or by complete an application at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.