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Oklahoma Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding 2019

SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING HELP FOR PEOPLE IN OKLAHOMA

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-888-602-8494 

Severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding hit areas of Oklahoma on May 7, 2019. On June 2, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later. 

  • Canadian, Cherokee, Creek, Delaware, Kay, Le Flore, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington counties 

For DR-4438, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4438

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Check HERE for all information and deadlines to apply.
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App,
  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
  • For OFFICIAL news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Oklahoma who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • Survivors may CALL 888-602-8494 toll-free to leave contact information for follow up. 
    • Click here for the full press release on the hotline. 
    • You can also visit www.okbar.org/disaster to complete a short legal help form. 
  • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:  
    • The Oklahoma Bar Association's disaster relief page for more information and other resources. 
    • Disaster Legal Services Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma - http://www.legalaidok.org/disaster-legal-services/
    • LegalAidOk.org (OKLaw) This website provides the public with easy internet access to basic legal information and legal resources in Oklahoma. 
    • Check OKLaw's disaster relief page for information on replacing lost documents, insurance claims, and housing issues.
    • Oklahoma Indian Legal Services (OILS) is a non-profit legal aid office that provides services to low-income Indians living in Oklahoma.
    • United Policyholders United Policyholders specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues.
    • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources.
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to create your own appeal and a letter requesting a copy of your file.

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP? 

  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
  • Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.