Quincy, MA -- Residents and business owners in seven Eastern Massachusetts counties, who sustained damage from the March storms and flooding, have only one more week to apply for disaster assistance. June 9 is the last day applications will be accepted. That is also the deadline for submitting loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses to real and personal property.
"We want people to understand that this is merely an application deadline," said Louis H. Botta, federal coordinating officer. "For individuals who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed, it's just that we won't be accepting any new applications."
Stephen J. McGrail, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management, urges those who have not done so to apply as soon as possible by calling the toll-free registration line at 1-800-462-9029. Hearing or speech-impaired individuals may call the TTY registration number at 1-800-462-7585.
To date almost 6,000 people in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties have applied for disaster assistance. More than $7.6 million has been distributed to individuals impacted by the disaster. The SBA has also distributed over $4.2 million in disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses that suffered damages due to this disaster.