Oklahoma tornadoes: Little Axe gym home to disaster recovery center

Local, state and federal representatives call the location a ‘one stop shop' designed to help victims rebuild their lives.
by Tim Willert Modified: May 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: May 28, 2013
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Loans up to $2 million are available for businesses and private nonprofits to replace damaged equipment and damaged or lost inventory, Koontz said.

A working capital loan exists for people who may have economic damage but not physical damage.

“They have reduced business because people are just not shopping,” he said.

The center offers people the opportunity to “rebuild and re-establish” themselves by bringing disaster-related services together with voluntary agencies such as the Salvation Army and Red Cross.

“We do know that this can be overwhelming … the application process” said Michelann Ooten, deputy director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. “We know that questions come up. Sometimes it just helps to sit down one on one with another person.”

To apply for FEMA assistance, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or go to disasterassistance.gov.


by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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