I recently rode with the Oklahoma National Guard in a Black Hawk helicopter to observe flood damage in Webbers Falls and the Muskogee area. The breadth of the damage is sobering. So many people have suffered damage to their homes, businesses and other property.
I’ve been assisting the state insurance commissioner in assessing the damage and answering questions by homeowners.
Muskogee and Sequoyah counties have been approved to receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This means homeowners in these counties can request federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans will be available for qualifying individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, for disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs. The governor has said he will seek assistance for other counties if needed when damage assessments of impacted homes and businesses are completed.
I will continue to try to help in every way possible as all work to recover from the recent storms.
On a separate note, I’m meeting with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services regarding discipline for foster, adoptive or disruptive children. There are so many positive strategies that can be employed to help these children who often act out because of the trauma they’ve endured in their young lives. I’m grateful to be able to lend my background and expertise to this endeavor.
On the same line, I will be providing a free workshop from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Stigler to discuss discipline and neurological issues in children. Anyone is welcome to attend.
On a final note, I spoke June 11 to Haskell County Republicans to recap the work of the first session of the 57th Legislature. We passed a state budget that increases funding for core government services such as education, health and mental health care, public safety and transportation among others, without raising any new taxes. We also passed many meaningful pieces of legislation to benefit our state residents and to help grow our economy.
If I can be of help to you in any way, please contact me at (405) 557-7375 or Randy.Randleman@OKHouse.gov. Even though session is adjourned, my Capitol office phone number is still being answered and I’m responding to email.