Santa Fe, New Mexico -- New Mexico residents and business owners in Dona Ana and Otero counties who sustained damage from the severe storms and flooding between July 26 and Sept. 18, 2006 have only one month left to apply for disaster assistance. October 30 is the last day applications will be taken for individual assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management.
“This is merely an application deadline,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tony Russell. “For individuals who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed. New applications will not be accepted after the October 30, 2006 deadline.”
The following is an update of recovery activities at close of business Thursday, Sept. 28th:
- 1,126 registrations have been received.
- 1,255 applicants have visited one of two Disaster Recovery Centers in Hatch and Alamogordo.
- Disaster funds totaling $1,388,201 have been disbursed for the Individuals and Household Program.
- 17 counties are eligible to apply for the Public Assistance Program to assist with infrastructure losses. To date, 83 requests for public assistance have been received.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $1.5 million in low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the flooding.
- $60,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been disbursed.
New Disaster Recovery Center Hours
The Disaster Recovery Centers in both Hatch and Dona Ana will remain open Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice to provide information to residents and business owners who suffered damages caused by the severe storms and flooding between July 26 and September 18, 2006. (The centers are now closed on weekends.)
Application and Helpline Numbers Continue to Operate
Individuals, families and business owners who suffered losses in the declared counties (Dona Ana and Otero) can still apply for assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairment. These numbers are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Multilingual operators are available to take calls. Individuals with Internet access have the option to apply on FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov, where valuable recovery information is also available. It is not necessary for an applicant to go into a Disaster Recovery Center to apply for assistance.
Applicants receiving rental assistance who need additional funds must request that assistance through the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585. They will be asked to show that they have a continued housing need and have expended all rental funds previously received.
Contact the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low interest disaster loan information
SBA Customer Service Representatives are at the Disaster Recovery Centers to provide individuals and business owners assistance in completing their loan applications, answering their questions about the SBA disaster loan program, and accepting their completed applications. If you are not able to visit a center call the SBA Customer Service Center toll free at (800) 659-2955 or visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/disaster for SBA disaster assistance information.
Individuals and Households Program
Assistance under the Individuals and Households Program may be used for temporary disaster housing assistance, repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and replacement funds for serious, disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or...