Minneapolis, MN -- If tornado victims still have questions about disaster assistance, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other agencies will be available at the SBA loan assistance center, located at the Granite Falls City Hall on the second floor, beginning Monday, August 14. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until further notice.
The Disaster Recovery Center will close on Friday, August 11, at the Yellow Medicine East High School to make room for school activities, but representatives from FEMA, SBA, and other resources will remain in Granite Falls to answer disaster-related questions. At City Hall, SBA representatives will be available to those seeking help with SBA disaster loan applications. FEMA staff will also be on-site to answer any questions regarding the status of an application, the application process and types of assistance available. Other resources available to applicants will include representatives from the City of Granite Falls, the Rural Development Corporation and the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership.
The first step in applying for disaster assistance is to call the toll-free registration number 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). If people have questions and want to talk to someone in person about the various types of assistance available, they should stop in and speak with an SBA or FEMA representative at the disaster center through Friday, August 11, or the SBA loan assistance center starting on Monday, August 14.
Applicants also may reach FEMA to ask questions about their applications by calling the Helpline at 1-800-525-0321. The Helpline TTY number is 1-800-462-7585.