Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of recent back-to-back storms may now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. The federal disaster declaration now covers damage incurred by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes May 18 through June 2 in six designated counties (Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie).
What Steps to Take
- Contact your private insurance.
- Apply for an U.S. Small Business Administration loan even if you’re not sure you will need or want it. Do this by Friday, July 19.
- If your home was damaged, register with FEMA by Friday, July 19.
The state of Oklahoma has launched a website, okstrong.ok.gov, to provide up-to-date information and resources.
Food and Water Safety
There are ways to protect you and your family from foodborne illnesses after a power outage. We’ve created a handout called Food Safety and Power Outages that will give some guidance on when to save food and when to throw it out.
Debris Removal Safety
Cleaning up houses and businesses damaged by the tornadoes has been and may continue to be hampered by rain, wind, and thunderstorms. Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or a volunteer, it’s important to remember these safety tips while cleaning up tornado-damaged property:
- Wear sturdy shoes or boots with no open toes
- Wear gloves
- Apply lots of sunscreen
- Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Have a first aid kit handy
- Get a tetanus shot
How to Help
The Oklahoma Red Cross is also asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999, which will be a $10 donation. For more information or to donate online, please see the Central and Western Oklahoma Red Cross website.