Senators Lankford, Inhofe Provide Information Available to Oklahomans Affected by Wildfires “All of Oklahoma stands with our friends and neighbors in northwest Oklahoma battling the devastating wildfires—they are not alone,” Lankford said.
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 14,2017 - Senators Lankford, Inhofe Provide Information Available to Oklahomans Affected by Wildfires
WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) released information on the services available to provide assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires affecting northwestern Oklahoma.
“All of Oklahoma stands with our friends and neighbors in northwest Oklahoma battling the devastating wildfires—they are not alone,” Lankford said. “A number of fire relief resources have already been made available as they walk through a literal firestorm. Oklahomans that want to help can donate: hay, water, food, and additional items to support those in Harper County, Woodward County, Beaver County and the surrounding areas. Senator Inhofe and I are working with the USDA, relief organizations, and community leaders to provide a list of resources that are available to help. If anyone has questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with our friends and neighbors in Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties who are reeling from the effects of three separate wildfires and need our help; many in northwest Oklahoma have lost their homes, farms and ranches,” Inhofe said. “As our firefighters, first responders, and volunteers work tirelessly to contain the flames, those who wish to donate food, water, hay and other necessities should reach out to The American Red Cross which has partnered with the Southern Baptist Men and the Salvation Army. Senator Lankford and I are working to ensure that everyone who has been affected by the wildfires has access to the resources and information available to them through FEMA, USDA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Our offices are standing by to direct those who need assistance, don’t hesitate to call.”
For more information contact Sen. Inhofe’s office at (202) 224-4721 or visit www.inhofe.senate.gov or Sen. Lankford’s office at (202) 224-5754 or visit www.lankford.senate.gov.
The US Department of Agriculture has a number of specific programs to provide assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires. The type of assistance available is dependent on factors unique to each individual. It is important to review all available options to determine which program and type of assistance fits your situation:
Farm Services Agency (FSA)
Emergency Loans (EM)
Available based on the physical loss of property, including cattle and stored hay lost in a wildfire, and buildings and fences damaged or destroyed
Loans may be made for the full cost to replace the property lost, but certain deductions may apply
Applications must have an acceptable credit history but be unable to obtain credit from conventional sources (bank, farm credit system, etc.)
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
Financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops, including forage
Applicants have to meet application deadlines and coverage limits apply
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
Available to producers whose grazing losses due to fire are on federally managed rangeland
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
Available to livestock producers for livestock deaths caused by adverse weather, including wildfires exacerbated by eligible adverse weather, but only covers 75% of the market