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For Immediate Release
July 16, 2020
Citizens can apply between Aug. 1-31
Darren DeLaune/Multimedia Specialist
OKMULGEE, Okla — Beginning Aug. 1, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) will be providing storm shelters for eligible Muscogee (Creek) citizens throughout the reservation.
The Storm Shelter Program (SSP) will be going into its fourth season with MCN.
Office Manager for DANR, Amy King said the program will be taking applications for the storm shelters for the month of August.
“Everyone is encouraged to apply,” King said.
SSP utilizes a point preference system to rank applicants eligibility for the storm shelters. The point system allows for special consideration for the citizens who may be at a higher risk for safety.
Preference points will be allowed for each of the following:
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation Elder citizens 65 years and older. Additional point for citizens 75 years and older.
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens who are handicapped and/or disabled (must provide sufficient medical documentation identifying the restriction or limitation, not just the diagnosis.)
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens providing caregiver services to a disabled or elderly Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen also reside in the home with the caregiving homeowner (Proof of disability/elder status and citizenship of dependent required).
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation veteran citizens (must provide official proof of discharge DD 214 or NGB 22 Form).
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens who reside in rural areas defined as outside of city limits or in townships with a population of 3,000 or less.
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens who reside in mobile homes.
There are two options on the storm shelters available to the citizens, above-ground and below ground. If an applicant is requesting an above-ground storm shelter, they must provide documentation of physical limitations that warrant for that shelter (i.e. Doctor’s note identifying the restriction or limitation such as use of walker, or wheelchair).
Citizens who are eligible for above-ground shelters must have adequate interior space and sufficient concrete slab in which the shelter will be installed on.
Another requirement is they must live within the boundaries of the MCN.
“We have had citizens in the past asked if we built out of our boundaries and we apologize, but only citizens living within MCN are eligible for this program,” King said.
SSP will try to get the award letter for eligible citizens no later than Sept. 30.
“Citizens should know if they have been awarded by that time,” King said.