OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Maryland disaster victims who have not yet applied for federal disaster assistance have 30 days remaining to register. November 22, 1999, is the last day to file applications for disaster assistance programs, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
State Coordinating Officer Dave McMillion is encouraging homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage from severe storms and flooding, September 16 through 20, to apply by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration number at 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). The telephone numbers are operational every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Applicants may qualify for assistance under several federal and state programs such as disaster housing assistance, grants to meet disaster-related needs and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans. SBA loan applications must be completed and returned to the SBA by November 22, 1999. Businesses applying to the SBA for Economic Injury Disaster Loans have until June 26, 2000 to apply.
"Even after the deadline, if you have questions about your application, FEMA will still be just a telephone call away," Curt Musgrave, federal coordinating officer, said. Applicants may reach FEMA by calling the Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). Helpline representatives are available every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT to answer questions about the assistance process or the status of applications.