President declares 6 Oklahoma counties disaster areas after May tornadoes

President Barack Obama has declared a major emergency for those affected by the tornadoes and other storms May 22 through May 25 in Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain counties, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm •  Published: June 6, 2011
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Federal disaster aid is now available to those affected by the tornadoes and other weather from May 22 to May 25, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for the state, and made federal funding available to those affected in Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain counties, according to a news release.

This includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs, according to the release.

Unemployment payments are available for up to 26 weeks for those who lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, and crisis counseling for those affected by the disaster.

Individuals and business owners can now begin applying for federal assistance by registering at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362.


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