FEMA in the Field: Disaster Survivor Assistance in Oklahoma

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FEMA in the Field: Disaster Survivor Assistance in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – FEMA reaches out to survivors and communities after disasters using several tools, teams and tactics to help during response and recovery operations.

Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews will be assisting residents in Pottawatomie County beginning Thursday, April 27. DSA teams help survivors apply with FEMA, check the status of applications already submitted and provide referrals for those with immediate or unmet needs. The DSA teams will be working 8am - 6pm in the field.

Information provided by the teams is tailored to the individual survivor’s needs and may also include information on making temporary repairs to a disaster-damaged house, paying for another short-term place to live while permanent repairs are made and/or help with serious, disaster-related needs not covered by other programs.

DSA team members can be easily identified by their federal photo identifications and FEMA clothing. Oklahoma residents are reminded to ask for official photo identification before sharing personal information.

Survivors do not need to contact a DSA team member to register with FEMA. Residents who sustained damage or losses caused by the recent severe storms and tornadoes in McClain and Pottawatomie counties can register with FEMA in the following ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Use a cell phone to register through http://m.FEMA.gov; click “Apply Online for FEMA Assistance,” and you will be directed to DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines are currently operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for your service.

For the latest information about the disaster, visit fema.gov/disaster/4706. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

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