The FEMA disaster recovery center has been moved to the Gordon Cooper Technology Center, 1 John Burton Drive, just off of Harrison Street south of Interstate 40. The center was previously at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, but was moved from that location so the expo could fulfill its contracts.
There are two other FEMA trucks in the front, however the disaster center is located toward the back of the campus, Rita Egan, media relations specialist, said.
In order to find the disaster recovery center, Egan said to go past the first two trucks and turn right and head toward the back of the parking lot.
Tornado victims are encouraged to come register with FEMA, which can be done at this location. Any storm victim in Oklahoma, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Cleveland or McClain counties is in a disaster area, and is encouraged to register. People from other counties can register at this location. Additionally, the status of an application can be checked at this location.
Egan added that it is very important for people receiving FEMA assistance to look for the Verifyer badge their worker will be wearing. This helps stop fraud, she said.
Other entities are set up at Gordon Cooper including, Legal Aid of Oklahoma, Regional Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross and Department of Human Services. These entities can be very helpful, Egan said.
She emphasized that people seeking assistance need to provide a good working phone number in case there are follow-up questions. Many times people are stressed and will transcribe things wrong, or fail to provide all the documents needed. Having a good working phone number allows FEMA to contact them quickly and remedy the problem.
More than $3 million has been approved in assistance, which will be allotted for temporary housing, home repair and “other serious disaster-related needs,” which could include medical or dental needs which aren’t covered by insurance, Egan said.
So far more than 5,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance.
Don Lynch, Shawnee/Pottawatomie County emergency management director, said at Tuesday’s city commission meeting that those affected by tornadoes should begin separating the debris and working to get the debris to the right of way for removal.
According to the Department of Environmental Quality, only wood and vegetation can be burned, so if wood is mixed in with other debris, it will have to be taken to the landfill, Lynch said.
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If citizens would like to perform their own controlled burn of the wood they should contact the fire marshall at 878-1675 or 878-1676 in order to obtain a burn permit.
The city is currently waiving the fee for permits.