06.17.15

Ahead of Tropical Storm Bill, Senators Lankford and Inhofe and Congressman Mullin Provide Disaster Assistance Information

WASHINGTON, DC – To help Oklahomans prepare for possible weather-related emergencies from Tropical Storm Bill, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are providing Oklahomans with contact information for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Assistance Improvement Program.
 
Less than a month after severe flooding in Oklahoma, Tropical Storm Bill is expected to bring significant rainfall to an area still recovering from water damage and high water. The most serious impact from Bill is expected to be torrential rain, additional flash flooding and river flooding for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri. The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services and a mechanism to access and apply for disaster assistance easier. Flood victims should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or contact FEMA through the website: http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
 
“After conversations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Weather Service, we’re concerned Tropical Storm Bill will worsen current flood conditions in the lakes in Eastern and Southeastern Oklahoma,” said Lankford. “Because the lakes are already in flood status, I encourage area residents to be vigilant about the possibility of further flooding, heed any emergency management notifications, and keep this disaster assistance information readily available in case it is needed.”
 
“After historic rainfall across the state this spring, Tropical Storm Bill will bring even more to eastern and central Oklahoma. With lakes and rivers already at or near capacity, it is important for Oklahomans to be aware of the impacts of more rain in their area and pay attention to warnings and updates. The best way to remain safe is to be prepared and I ask that those who might be affected to visit, call and utilize the many resources available to them. My office is ready to assist in any way possible with recovery efforts following the storms, to include navigating federal assistance to those who qualify," said Inhofe.
 
“After a significant weather event, there can be confusion about what to do next or where to turn for help. My offices in both Oklahoma and Washington stand ready to provide support however we can. We can help those affected find assistance and available resources," said Mullin. "Please do not hesitate to contact us in Muskogee at (918) 687-2533 or in McAlester at (918) 423-5951. Our office in Washington can be reached at (202) 225-2701. There is also helpful disaster assistance information on my website: Mullin.house.gov."
 
In addition, Oklahomans who need assistance with storm clean up, beyond what their family, neighbors, church or community can promise, can dial 2-1-1 to register their needs on a statewide wait list. 2-1-1 Oklahoma will serve as the clearinghouse for work orders for Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Calls will be taken between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays. More information is available at http://www.211oklahoma.org.

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