El PASO, Texas -- The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is quickly approaching. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging those affected by the storms or flooding from July 27, to August 25, 2006 to register for assistance by October 16, 2006.
If you are waiting for an insurance settlement, you should register now for disaster assistance. After your settlement, you may still have unmet needs which may be eligible for federal, state or local programs. Don’t wait, call FEMA now.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) located at 7500 Viscount Blvd., Suite 292 will be open through October 16, 2006. The facility is open Mondays through Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We encourage you to take a few minutes and bring your application in so we can give you one-on-one help.
SBA customer service representatives are at the DLOC to meet with you to:
- explain how SBA may help you recover from this disaster
- help you prepare your loan application
- answer your specific questions
If you cannot come out to the facility, you can have your questions answered by calling 800-659-2955.
To register, please call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for speech- and hearing-impaired. Applications are accepted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Individuals and business owners may also register online at www.fema.gov. Information is available in multiple languages.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.