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Federal Grant Provides for Paid Storm Cleanup and Recovery Jobs

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Residents from numerous Oklahoma counties were adversely affected by the tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and damaging hail that occurred in May 2013. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce was awarded a National Emergency Grant (NEG) through the U.S. Department of Labor, which will provide temporary paid employment positions to aid in cleanup and recovery work.

The primary purpose of this federal grant is to provide jobs while restoring public infrastructure and services so regular business and employment activities can resume. Worksites will be established in the areas designated by FEMA where clean-up, restoration, and service activities are currently being performed. The designated areas include Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties. Additional sites will be set up to assist in projects to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of the disaster and to aid high impact non-profits who are providing temporary services, restoring public services, etc.

Priority for participation in the NEG program will be given to those workers who experienced job loss as a result of the disaster. Others eligible to participate include workers who are temporarily dislocated, dislocated workers who are unemployed and not receiving income support, and individuals who have been unemployed for 15 weeks or more.  Veterans are also encouraged to apply.

Workers will be paid minimum wage or a comparable rate for the occupation they are assigned to perform, with a maximum wage of $12,000 (excluding benefits) limited to up to 6 months or 1,040 hours. Other benefits that may be available include covering costs of child care, transportation, as well as safety and work related equipment.

For more information and to apply contact the South OKC Workforce Oklahoma Office 405-234-5000 or Shawnee Workforce Center 405-275-7800.

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor.