Indianapolis, IN -- Tornado victims will notice little change at the Warren Township Government Center, except the name, when the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), opens a workshop on Friday to replace the Disaster Recovery Center.
At this stage of the recovery process, the emphasis for assistance has shifted to low-interest loans to meet the long-term needs of victims. To assist people in filling out their loan applications, the SBA will continue to provide loan officers at the Warren Township Government Center at 501 North Post Road in Indianapolis. FEMA representatives will also be on hand at the workshop to answer any questions about disaster assistance programs.
The hours of operation for the SBA Workshop are: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This Saturday only, October 19, the SBA Workshop will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Other SBA Workshops are located at the City of Greenwood Administration Office, 2 North Madison Avenue, Greenwood, with operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; and the Wadesville Fire Department (corner of Princeton and Main) in Poseyville, open 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Nearly 1,300 homeowners, renters, and business owners have visited one of the Disaster Recovery Centers. The temporary centers were established to provide detailed program information to those who have already applied for assistance. In addition to FEMA Human Services personnel and SBA loan officers, disaster recovery specialists staff the centers to answer questions and provide information on recovery, restoration and rebuilding.
The continuing Disaster Recovery Centers are located at the Perry Township Government Center, 4925 Shelby Street in Indianapolis and the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency at 1789 East Morgan Street in Martinsville. The centers will be changing hours of operation. On Friday, October 18, the centers will be open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on this Saturday only (October 19), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Starting Monday, October 21, the hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
November 25 is the deadline to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free application number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). There is also a special toll-free number for the speech or hearing impaired, (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) daily, until further notice.
These same numbers may also be used for applicants to check on the status of their application or to update claim information, without going to one of the Disaster Recovery Centers. SBA also has a toll-free number, 1-800-359-2227, applicants can call to check on their low-interest loan applications.