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Oklahoma, April 2024, Severe Storms

Oklahoma Severe Storms, April 2024

Starting in April of 2024, Oklahomans were impacted by severe storms which caused several tornados in multiple parts of Oklahoma. FEMA has issued a Federal Declaration number of DR-4776-OK. The following counties in Oklahoma are currently available to apply for FEMA:

  • Individual Assistance:
    • Carter (County)
    • Craig (County)
    • Hughes (County)
    • Johnston (County)
    • Kay (County)
    • Lincoln (County)
    • Love (County)
    • McClain (County)
    • Murray (County)
    • Nowata (County)
    • Okfuskee (County)
    • Okmulgee (County)
    • Osage (County)
    • Ottawa (County)
    • Pontotoc (County)
    • Pottawatomie (County)
    • Washington (County)
    • Washita (County)
  • Public Assistance:
    • Carter (County)
    • Coal (County)
    • Cotton (County)
    • Haskell (County)
    • Hughes (County)
    • Johnston (County)
    • Kay (County)
    • Love (County)
    • Murray (County)
    • Okfuskee (County)
    • Okmulgee (County)
    • Osage (County)
    • Pittsburg (County)
    • Pontotoc (County)
    • Seminole (County)
    • Tillman (County)
    • Wagoner (County)
    • Washington (County)
    • Washita (County)

You can apply for assistance using www.disasterassistance.gov. If you were impacted by the April 2024 storms, you may have disaster related civil legal issues. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Legal Services provide free civil legal services to eligible disaster survivors. More information can be given through the LASO Disaster Hotline or by applying online.

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) have been opened at:

  • Murray County at the Murray County Extension Offices at 3490 SH-7 W., Sulphur, OK. Open 8AM-6PM Monday through Friday and 9AM-5PM Saturday.
  • Osage County at the Early Childhood Learning Center at 401 South 10th Street, Barnsdall, OK 74002. Open 8AM-6PM Monday through Friday and 9AM-5PM Saturday.
  • Washington County at Bartlesville High School at 1700 Hillcrest Drive Bartlesville, OK 74003. Open 8AM-6PM Monday through Friday and 9AM-5PM Saturday.

The Disaster Recovery Center is there to provide disaster survivors with information regarding FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Disaster survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and receive updates on applications. There will also be staff available from Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Legal Services on site to help with any legal issues that you may encounter.

Additional updates and information will be added as it becomes available.

Legal Aid Disaster Hotline: 888-602-8494

  • FEMA Appeals and Recoupments
  • Titles and Proof of Ownership Issues
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Eviction
  • Family Law
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Disability Applications
  • Insurance Claims and Coverage
  • Contractor Fraud

*For more information on the topics listed above, click here.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO) is a nonprofit that maintains a legal services unit devoted to providing free civil legal services to those experiencing civil legal issues due to the storms. These services are free to income eligible survivors.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
3800 North Classen Blvd, Suite 230
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

  • Title/land issues
  • Lost documents
  • Wills, Powers Of Attorney, Advanced Directives, and Probates
  • Indian Child Welfare Issues 

*For more information on the topics listed above, click here.

Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc. (OILS) is a nonprofit organization that offers free services to eligible low-income tribal members who are enrolled in one of Oklahoma’s Federally recognized tribes. If you are an enrolled member of a Federally recognized tribe and are seeking disaster legal assistance, please click here to visit the OILS page for further information.

Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc.
4200 Perimeter Center Dr, Ste 222
Oklahoma City, OK 73112



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Important Updates

    • Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) have been opened at:
          • Murray County at the Murray County Extension Offices at 3490 SH-7 W., Sulphur, OK. Open 8AM-6PM Monday through Friday and 9AM-5PM Saturday.
          • Osage County at the Early Childhood Learning Center at 401 South 10th Street, Barnsdall, OK 74002. Open 8AM-6PM Monday through Friday and 9AM-5PM Saturday.
          • Washington County at Bartlesville High School at 1700 Hillcrest Drive Bartlesville, OK 74003. Open 8AM-6PM Monday through Friday and 9AM-5PM Saturday.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) has been activated for Oklahomans displaced by the April 25-May 9 storms and tornadoes in Carter, Hughes, Kay, Love, Murray, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pontotoc, Washington and Washita counties.

If you live in one of these counties and apply for FEMA assistance, you may be able to stay temporarily in a hotel paid for by FEMA. You don’t need to do anything to request this after you apply – FEMA will notify you if you qualify.

You may be eligible if you cannot return to your disaster-damaged home and your housing needs cannot be met by insurance, shelters or rental assistance provided by FEMA or another agency.

Under the TSA program, FEMA pays the cost of room, taxes and non-refundable pet fees directly to participating hotels. Pet fees will only be paid up to the approved limit of assistance for individual rooms. Survivors are responsible for all other costs, including laundry, food, parking, telephone or movie rental fees.

Continued eligibility is determined on an individual basis. When eligibility ends, survivors will be notified by FEMA seven days prior to checkout.

TSA is limited to participating hotels and motels in Oklahoma. If you qualify, you can find a hotel by visiting FEMAEmergencyHotels.com and entering your FEMA registration number.

You may also be eligible for other FEMA benefits, including Displacement Assistance, Rental Assistance, Home Repair Assistance and other aspects of the Individual Assistance program.

To apply for FEMA assistance:

  • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Download the FEMA App for mobile devices.
  • Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Help is available in most languages; if you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA your number for that service.
  • Visit any Disaster Recovery Center. For locations and hours, visit fema.gov/drc.

For the latest information about Oklahoma’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4776. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

We will continue to provide additional updates as information is available.

 

Additional Resources

Common Legal Issues After Disaster & Tips To Avoid Them

Prepare – Oklahoma Disaster Legal Help

Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center

Heartland Disaster Help

 

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