Welcome to the official website for Comanche County Government. Here you will find information on many programs and services, as well as subjects of interest to residents and visitors. We are here to offer assistance in making Comanche County a great place to live, work and play.
Nearly 500 people have applied for FEMA assistance after recent flooding, but not everyone has gotten an acceptance letter. If you received a denial letter from FEMA, you are not out of luck. The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), set up at Tomlinson Middle School, is there to help indiviudals who applied for FEMA assistance, whether they got accepted or not. Often, the reason individuals are denied assistance is due to FEMA not receiving the proper paperwork (like insurance documents). If this is the case, visit the DRC so they can help you find out what documentation you need and what to do next. Right now, the number of people visiting the DRC is low. The DRC must report the number of people who are visiting so FEMA can determine when to pull them out and send them to other areas in need. Right now, the DRC at Tomlinson is scheduled to leave on July 11th. Once they are gone, it is a valuable resource that will no longer be available to those who still need it. Going in and talking with them is free, it only costs a moment of your time. The DRC is open Monday – Saturday from 9am-7pm. They are closed on Sunday’s and will be closed for the July 4th weekend (3rd, 4th and 5th).
SBA Amends Disaster Declaration; Disaster Assistance Now Available
to Private Nonprofit Organizations in 14 Additional Counties
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations in Craig, Custer, Dewey, Grant, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Major, Noble, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Roger Mills and Wagoner counties following the amendment to President Obama’s June 4, 2015, major disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred May 5 - June 4, 2015, announced Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). PNPs that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.
SBA disaster assistance is now available in Adair, Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Custer, Dewey, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Logan, Love, Major, Marshall, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman, Wagoner and Washita counties in Oklahoma.
“PNP organizations should contact Keli Cain, public information officer, Oklahoma Emergency Management at (405) 521-2481 to obtain information about applicant briefings. At the briefings, PNP representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. FEMA will use that information to determine if the PNP provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law. If so, FEMA may provide the PNP with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs. If not, FEMA may refer the PNP to SBA for disaster loan assistance.
SBA may lend PNPs up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
For certain private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the PNP suffered any property damage.
The interest rate is 2.625 percent with terms up to 30 years. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is August 3, 2015. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 4, 2016.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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