March 09, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford today released information on the services available to provide assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires affecting northwestern Oklahoma.
Inhofe and Lankford will also hold a press conference tomorrow at 10:00AM CT at the West Woodward Airport. For press conference information, click here.
“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.”
“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.”
The U.S. 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)
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - Emergency Use of Conservation Reserve Program Land
Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
Practices Eligible for Wild Fire Disaster Event:
EC-3 – Restoring Permanent Fence
EC-4 – Restoring Conservation Structures and other installations
Risk Management Agency (RMA)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
For detailed information on the above listed programs, as well more information on additional resources made available online by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, click here.