Disaster Assistance

The Oklahoma Outreach Strategy document has a wealth of information to help Oklahomans as they pursue disaster assistance, including the locations of libraries and document upload centers in the affected counties, information on the Small Business Administration and loan eligibility, and much more. This is a living document that will be updated as our state moves through disaster relief efforts.

Disaster Assistance Resources

ODL and Oklahoma’s public libraries are partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (ODEMHS) and the Federal Disaster Management Agency (FEMA) to help residents and businesses apply for Disaster Assistance following February’s severe Winter storms.

Your public library has computers with internet access, building-wide Wi-Fi, and document scanners to help you apply for help and complete your application for assistance.

Who is Eligible for Disaster Assistance?

On February 18, the Biden Administration declared a federal disaster exists in all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the historic winter storm, clearing the way for federal aid. This funding provides public assistance to state and local governments to mitigate effects of the storm.

Following additional federal action on February 24 residents of the following 16 counties are eligibile for Individual Assistance, which benefits homeowners, renters, and business owners impacted by the winter storm:

Canadian • Carter • Cherokee • Comanche • Cotton • Hughes • Jefferson • Le Flore • McIntosh • Oklahoma • Okmulgee • Osage • Pittsburg • Stephens • Tulsa • Wagoner.

NOTICE to Cotton County residents: The Walters Public Library is currently closed for renovations.

Find Your Local Oklahoma Public Library

Due to the pandemic, we recommend you call your library ahead of your visit to see if appointments are needed in order to use a desktop computer or document scanner.

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Applying for Disaster Assistance

First up, a Request: Please report your Winter Storm Damage to Oklahoma Emergency Management. Residents of all 77 counties are encouraged to report storm damage to OEM. This will assist the state in determining additional requests for federal disaster assistance.

Start Your Recovery Process: take photos of your damaged home and belongings and make a list of damaged or lost items.

If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company. If you do not have insurance, skip to the step below.

Apply for Assistance:

Provide the Following Documents to FEMA:

  • Proof of identification
  • Insurance Determination Letter
  • Proof of occupancy or Ownership

The Best Way to Send Disaster Documents to Fema

What to Expect after You Apply for FEMA Assistance

Within ten days you will receive a call from a FEMA inspector for a brief over-the-phone conversation. Have your FEMA registration ID handy for this call. Ten days following the call, you will receive a decision letter. Download and print this handy Infographic from FEMA for more detailsalso en Español.

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