Mobile disaster recovery center coming to Cherokee

Six more state/federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are opening in the following Oklahoma communities: Cherokee (Alfalfa County), Kingfisher (Kingfisher County), Moffett (Sequoyah County), Bartlesville (Washington County), Vinita (Craig County) and Perry (Noble County).

Mobile DRCs are disaster resources that allow state and local officials to maximize their reach to as many affected areas and survivors as possible. The centers offer in-person support to Oklahoma homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage or losses during the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding between May 7 and June 9, 2019.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.

The mobile DRCs are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are closed on Sundays. The centers will begin opening at the following locations starting July 15:

Alfalfa County

Alfalfa County Fairgrounds

602 W. 5th St.

Cherokee, OK 73728

Four days only

Opens July 15 at 10 a.m.

Closes COB July 18

 

Kingfisher County

Kingfisher County Fairgrounds

300 S. 13th St.

Kingfisher, OK 73750

Four days only

Opens July 15 at 10 a.m.

Closes COB July 18

 

Sequoyah County

Moffett Public Schools Parking Lot

701 Belt Ave.

Moffett, OK, 74954

Four days only

Opens July 15 at 10 a.m.

Closes COB July 18

 

Washington County

Bartlesville High School

Fine Arts Bldg. (lobby)

1700 Hillcrest Dr.

Bartlesville, OK 74003

Opens July 15 at 10 a.m.

Closes COB July 19

 

Craig County

Council Chambers-City Hall

104 E. Illinois Ave,

Vinita, OK 74301

Opens July 17 at 10 a.m.

Closes COB July 24

 

Noble County

Noble County Fairgrounds Building

1 Ivanhoe St.

Perry, OK 73077

Opens July 18 at 10 a.m.

Closes COB July 23

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should contact their insurance company and register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Registration is available in the following ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
  • Current mailing address.
  • Current telephone number.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income.
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

The designated counties for eligible applicants are Alfalfa, Canadian, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garfield, Kay, Kingfisher, Le Flore, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner Washington and Woods.

Individual Assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover residential and business losses as a result of the disaster. Applicants can visit their nearest disaster recovery center for one-on-one assistance or apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

In addition, applicants can get more information on SBA disaster assistance by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Find out more at https://www.fema.gov/okmit and https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4438. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

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