In its first day of operation, the Oklahoma Damage Assessment Hotline (866) 560-7584 received 1,225 damage reports from Oklahomans impacted by the Ice Storm.
Due to high call volumes, many callers will experience a busy signal. Oklahoma Emergency Management officials said Thursday that there is still time to report damage.
The hotline is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and will remain open for at least the next 10 days. Residents and business owners who have uninsured ice storm damages are urged to call.
Approximately 80 percent of calls logged Thursday were from Oklahoma County residents. Fourteen percent were from the Tulsa area and 6 percent were from other city/county areas along the I-44 corridor.
Most callers reported downed trees and power lines and many have asked for assistance with debris removal.
The hotline is needed to help identify and document the need for federal Individual Assistance.
Callers will be asked to provide their name, address of the damaged property and the type of damage their property sustained. They will also be asked if they sustained financial loss because their place of employment was closed due to the storm.
The hotline is needed to gather damage information that, in turn, will strengthen the state's application for federal disaster assistance for individuals and business owners, according to Michelann Ooten, public information manager for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Otten said the damage reports will identify where damage assessment teams need to check in an effort to build their case that many Oklahomans need disaster assistance.
Additionally, joint teams of FEMA, state and local officials continue their assessment of infrastructure damage in the areas hardest hit by the Ice Storm.
The preliminary damage assessments are needed to support a request for federal public assistance for cities, towns and counties.
Teams are looking at roads, bridges and public facilities damaged by the storm, as well as the costs associated with debris removal.