Philadelphia, PA -- After the flooding that struck June 15 thru 17, many people who called for disaster assistance were sent a U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application package. These forms are sent to all applicants (both individuals and business owners) who may qualify for a loan. This loan application must be completed and returned before most other grant assistance can be considered.
"It is important that you complete this application if you need financial assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Pete Martinasco "The SBA loan is an important source of recovery funds for many and if the SBA determines that you cannot afford a loan, then you may be considered for a grant from the Individual and Family Grant Program. To be evaluated for eligibility, however, you must complete and return the SBA loan application. The information gathered on that one form is used to process applications for other types of assistance."
Karen Critchfield, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Coordinating Officer, stated, "If, after returning the packet, you qualify for other assistance such as the Individual and Family Grant program, you will receive a check and letter explaining the losses for which you are being reimbursed."
People in Bucks and Montgomery counties who suffered damage from the Tropical Storm Allison flooding between June 15 and 17 who have not applied, should call the registration number to start the application process. FEMA's toll-free number is 1-800-462-9029. For the hearing- or speech-impaired, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. The registration telephone number is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday until further notice.