State and federal officials are encouraging those who live in seven Oklahoma counties included in a disaster declaration to complete and return U.S. Small Business Administration loan applications.

Officials say most applicants receive an SBA disaster loan application after they register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

But they say some people don’t know the loans are for homeowners and renters, as well as businesses. Officials also say the SBA applications can help in the process of trying to obtain FEMA grants.

Caddo, Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain counties were declared disaster areas because of severe storms and tornadoes that moved through the state May 22-25.

Applicants can receive help from SBA representatives at Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Canadian and McClain counties.

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