Anchorage, AK --If you're an applicant for federal disaster assistance and have been referred to the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it's important that you fill out the loan application you received and return it to the SBA.
"It is important that anyone who receives an SBA loan application complete and return it to SBA," said Federal Coordinating Officer William Lokey. "SBA disaster loans are an important source of recovery funds for victims of the earthquake and storms and flooding, and can help with repair or replacement costs that are not fully covered by insurance or other programs."
Homeowners and individuals who received SBA applications must complete them in order to remain eligible for assistance from FEMA programs.
"In order to remain eligible for this assistance, you need to complete the loan application and mail it to the SBA," said Dave Neely, an SBA representative in Alaska. "It only takes 15 minutes at the most to complete the application. Make certain that you turn the application in."
Homeowners, renters and business owners in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kodiak Borough and the Chignik Bay area who were impacted by storms and floods that occurred Oct. 23 through Nov. 12 are urged to register for assistance as soon as possible. So are victims of the Nov. 3-10 earthquake and aftershocks in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and Delta Greely, Alaska Gateway and Cooper River Regional Education Attendance Areas.
Call the FEMA toll free registration number: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for speech- and hearing-impaired persons between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.