Federal assistance and support is available to storm victims in El Reno.
Representatives from FEMA set up a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center at the Denny-Crump Rodeo Arena on Monday. They are joined by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. The relief groups are partnering for a tour of Oklahoma cities and counties, providing in-person support to Oklahoma citizens and businesses that suffered loss or damage during the severe Oklahoma weather period of May 7 to June 9.
Employees from the organizations will be available in El Reno until Friday evening, offering information, planning and registration to anyone who needs disaster assistance.
FEMA is offering federal grants for home repairs or temporary housing, while the SBA is offering low-interest disaster relief loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits.
El Reno is one of the most recent Oklahoma towns to be given a temporary mobile resource center, along with Perry, Miami and Blackwell.
Those with homes or businesses damaged or destroyed by weather can register with FEMA and learn about SBA loans at the resource center. People can also call their insurance companies and then register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. They can also call 800-659-2955 for information on SBA disaster loans.
If they have questions of any kind, storm victims are encouraged to visit the disaster center whether they've already registered or not.
"People may not be comfortable registering through phone or Internet, or they may not be able to," said Carmen Rodriguez. "With the recovery center, they can meet face-to-face with a FEMA representative."
Rodriguez said that FEMA may be able to help with recovery costs that insurance doesn't cover. She also said the center can help people who received ineligibility letters to begin an appeal process.
The recovery center will be available through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.