Disaster Assistance Tops $5 Million For May Storms


Friday, June 7th 2013, 2:36 pm
By: News 9


Oklahoma homeowners and renters affected by tornados and severe weather between May 18 and 27 have received more than $5.1 million in assistance, according to FEMA and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM).

Disaster assistance includes grants to help pay for temporary housing and repairs, as well as help paying for medical, funeral and burial costs that are not covered by insurance or other sources.

More than 8,000 Oklahomans have applied for assistance from FEMA and OEM. Some tornado victims told News 9 they're frustrated with the FEMA approval process. They say although they believe they qualify for assistance, FEMA has rejected their claims.

6/6/2013 Related Story: Some OK Tornado Victims Frustrated By FEMA Approval Process

OEM and FEMA have four Disaster Recovery Centers where survivors can walk in and get information and apply for assistance. Here are their locations and hours:

• Little Axe Elementary School, 2000, 168th Ave. NE, Norman, Hours: 9 a.m.—7 p.m.

• Carney High School, 204 South Carney St., Carney, Hours: 8 a.m.—7 p.m.

• Westmoore High School, 12613 South Western Ave., Oklahoma City Hours: 8 a.m.—8 p.m.

• Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Blvd., Shawnee Hours: 8 a.m.—8 p.m.