Governor Fallin requests federal disaster assistance for 3 Oklahoma counties
OKLAHOMA — Due to the recent severe weather, in addition to the storms that hit Tuesday, May 19, Governor Mary Fallin requested a federal disaster declaration for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties.
If approved, the designation would provide federal assistance to individuals and businesses in the storm-stricken areas.
“Oklahomans, many still shell-shocked and traumatized from the impacts of the May 2013 storms as well as the storms on March 25, 2015, were victimized once again by this month’s storms,” Fallin wrote in a letter to the president.
In the letter, she also mentioned that at least 25 tornadoes have hit the Sooner State, taking the lives of three Oklahomans thus far. In addition, 828 homes and businesses were damaged in the storms. Of those, 157 were destroyed and 237 sustained major damage.
Even the voluntary agencies that aim to aid those in need after severe weather have been affected, Fallin added in the letter. Organizations, including Salvation Army and American Red Cross, are not receiving as many donations as they have in previous disasters.
“The totality of these events has left the Oklahoma community, from survivors to first responders, disaster relief agencies to all levels of government, extended beyond their means.”
“If the governor’s request is approved, those who suffered damage may be eligible for assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.
Additional counties could also be added to the list if the disaster declaration is granted.