FEMA Announces Aid for Okla. Tornado Victims
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes since May 18, 2013.
Individuals and families impacted by the storms and tornadoes in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties can begin applying for assistance in one of three ways:
- Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
- By phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); or
- By web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.
Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
How to Locate Loved Ones during an Emergency
After a disaster, phone lines may get congested. To get in contact with friends and family, use text messaging services and update social media networks.
You can also let your family and friends know you are safe and well after an emergency via https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. This website is designed to help make communication between family members and friends easier.
To register yourself on the site, click on the “List Myself as Safe and Well” button. To search the list of those who have registered themselves, click on the “Search Registrants” button. The successful search results will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.
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