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March 17, 2013

Assisting those affected by wildfires

NORMAN — Many families are still trying to recover from the wildfires in Cleveland County more than six months ago. The fires scorched 15 square miles, destroying or damaging more than 200 homes.

In the aftermath of the destruction local jurisdictions, social service agencies, churches and representatives from the State came together to form the Cleveland County Long Term Recovery Committee.

The Committee is hosting a community meeting March 26 to provide information regarding insurance processing, tax preparation for disaster losses, preparedness and fire safety information.

The meeting is 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Twelve Corners Baptist Church, 15601 E. Etowah Rd., east of Noble. Thanks to a generous donation from the Shawnee Absentee Tribe a light meal will be served 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for those attending.

State Insurance Commissioner John Doak will discuss disaster preparedness. Judy Akin, President of the Oklahoma Society of Enrolled Agents is a tax professional who will discuss how to claim disaster losses on tax returns. Kenneth Bentley with the American Red Cross will discuss family preparedness and representatives from several of the surrounding fire departments will discuss the Firewise Community Program.

For further information regarding the meeting, please contact the City of Slaughterville Town Hall at 872-3000.

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