For the second and presumably final time, FEMA’s Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is stationed in El Reno. Representatives will be present from 8 AM to 6 PM to answer questions and take applications until Wednesday, July 24 at 6 PM.
Set up at the Denny-Crump Rodeo Arena, the center is a hub for El Reno and Canadian County storm survivors to apply for aid through FEMA or through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Both organizations can provide money for temporary housing, living expenses, or to rebuild homes if salvageable. Oklahoma Emergency Management will also be present.
Oklahomans who apply for help must have been adversely affected by storms, tornadoes, straightline winds, and flooding between May 7 and June 9. The deadline for applying for help is July 31.
Some seeking assistance from FEMA or loans from SBA have encountered difficulty or denials, and the center ensures that survivors get the answers to any questions they may have.
If able to do so, those affected by the severe weather should contact their insurance and begin registration with FEMA before visiting the Recovery Center, but no one who visits the center will be turned away if their information isn't currently in order. Registration can be begun at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. SBA information can be found by calling 800-659-2955 or visiting sba.gov/disaster.
184 people in Canadian County alone have been approved for FEMA assistance for damages incurred by the severe weather of May and June. FEMA has also provided $539,525 in assistance in Canadian County. As of last week, assistance has been rendered to 4,997 people statewide with a monetary value of around $13.8 million. The SBA has provided $25.1 million in federal disaster loans for Oklahoma homeowners, renters and businesses.