We work alongside the disaster case management process. All disaster survivors we serve come through one of the case management agencies in the state. If your home sustained damages the best way to enter the process is to report your damages with:
Preparation – the work necessary to prepare your family, home, business, etc. with a plan to protect life and belongings should you be impacted by a disaster. These include safe spaces, go-bags, important documents and valuables, etc.
Response – the immediate time from a disaster to several weeks beyond that serves the immediate needs of each disaster survivor to include food, shelter, debris clean up, roof tarps, mucking out the home, etc.
Recovery – begins weeks to months after a disaster when long term recovery committees have been formed, disaster case managers work with disaster survivors on their disaster recovery plan, and homes are repaired.
Mitigation – the work necessary to minimize the amount of damages that your home and belongings could sustain in a disaster. These include purchasing flood insurance, elevating structures, replacing a roof and outside facades, etc.
Most disasters in Oklahoma are small and do not reach the size and scale necessary for help beyond what the state can provide meaning they are “non-declared” by a presidential disaster declaration.
A “declared” disaster means the size and scale of the disaster has reached beyond the states ability to respond and recover without outside help. Through a presidential disaster declaration the federal governments assistance through FEMA and or SBA becomes available.