With one month left to register for individual disaster assistance from FEMA, the Rogers County Disaster Recovery Center opens Wednesday.

FEMA representative Scott Sanders said many people who have registered with FEMA have already received a determination letter explaining the eligibility decision and the reason for that decision.

“The letter states the dollar amount of the grant and how the funds should be used. When ineligible, the letter explains why and how the applicant can appeal that decision. It’s important to read the determination letter carefully to identify the reason for being declared ineligible,” he said. “Once an applicant understands the reason for being ineligible, they can decide whether to appeal the decision.”

He said those who have received a determination letter are welcome to bring it with them to the Disaster Recovery Center for further explanation.

The Disaster Recovery Center in Rogers County is located at the county building at 416 S. Brady in Claremore. This location is open only four days: Opens Wednesday, July 3, at 10 a.m.

Closed on Thursday, July 4, open Friday-Sunday, July 5– 7,

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Recovering and re-building

If you suffered damage to your property, you should make sure to get the proper local permits before you start rebuilding. Every part of a building — from roofs, walls and siding to plumbing, septic systems and heating/air conditioning systems — may require a permit before rebuilding. Permits protect owners, residents, communities and buildings by making sure repairs and/or construction meet current building codes, standards, floodplain ordinances and construction techniques,” Sanders said.

Oklahomans who had family treasures, heirlooms, photos and books damaged during the recent disaster may be able to salvage them. Sanders said FEMA offers a free fact sheet with advice on how to save personal possessions on their website, fema.gov.

He said FEMA disaster assistance grants should be used wisely.

“Disaster Assistance grants should be used only for disaster-related expenses. Money received for repairs should be used right away,” he said. “And while the assistance is tax-free and the grants do not have to be repaid, survivors should use their funds wisely and solely for recovery.”