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FEMA going door-to-door visiting damaged homes

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 18:40:29-04

BIXBY, OK (KJRH) — Since FEMA was dispatched to Oklahoma at the beginning of June, they’ve been searching areas hit by storms and floods for families who need help.

FEMA will go door-to-door asking those families what they need; when they find a home that's been affected, the first step is to register the homeowner.

A flood or storm victim can register for a few different types of aid, including disaster assistance. When a victim registers, FEMA will work with them to provide assistance where their insurance can’t. They will contract an inspector to see the home, to determine how much of a grant or a loan is needed, depending on the need of the homeowner.

Cynthia Armstrong's Bixby home flooded three feet. Even though she lives in a rural area, she says FEMA sent an inspector to assess her home just a couple days after they first knocked on her door. Before that, she was scrambling trying to figure out how to replace everything that was ruined inside.

"We were just like, ‘is this really happening?’" Armstrong said. "It’s kind of like a horror story, we’ve never been in anything like this so we didn’t know what to expect.”

FEMA urges victims to be wary of frauds; they advise victims to never give bank information or money to anyone claiming to be disaster relief. Victims can register for assistance here.

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