Gov. Fallin Adds Sequoyah County to State of Emergency Declaration
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has added Sequoyah County to a state of emergency declaration issued earlier this month due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that have impacted eastern Oklahoma since Aug. 5.
Heavy flooding in Sequoyah County caused dangerous travel conditions and significant road damage during the storms.
The counties listed earlier in the governor’s declaration are Mayes, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner, where four tornadoes were confirmed Aug. 5-6, and more than 170 businesses and homes were damaged. Thirteen people were transported to local hospitals due to storm-related injuries.
Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.
SBA Disaster Assistance Granted for Tulsa County
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today announced that eligible Tulsa County homeowners and business owners may now receive disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a result of the tornadoes and other severe weather that began Aug. 5.
The designation provides SBA low-interest disaster loans for eligible homeowners and business owners in Tulsa County to replace any property damaged by the storm that was not covered by insurance or other assistance programs. The loan program is also available to assist businesses that sustained economic injury due to the storm.
Under SBA rules, the contiguous counties of Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Wagoner and Washington are also eligible for assistance.
Damage assessments found more than 140 homes and businesses were affected by the storms in Tulsa County, including 26 businesses with major damage. Multiple injuries were attributed to the storm.