SANTA FE, N.M. -- Federal and state disaster officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Alamogordo will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Tuesday, October 10. (Monday is a federal holiday.) A FEMA representative will be available at the center to continue assisting FEMA applicants.
“At this stage of the recovery process, the emphasis for assistance is to meet the long-term needs of victims,” said Tim Manning, State Coordinating Officer. “We believe the transition of the Disaster Recovery Center to an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will better meet the current needs of Otero County residents.”
At the Outreach Center, located at 1011 10th Street, Alamogordo, SBA Customer Service Representatives will continue to provide individuals and business owners with face-to-face service in completing their loan applications, answering questions about SBA’s loan program, and explaining how an SBA disaster loan can help pay for their disaster losses.
Individuals and businesses who sustained losses from the June 22 and July 26 to September 18 flooding can speak with SBA representatives without an appointment Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The SBA outreach center will be open through Thursday, October 26.
Low interest disaster loans from SBA are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations. Disaster loans from SBA are the primary source of funds for repairing and rebuilding disaster damaged private property. So far, SBA has approved nearly $1.9 million in low interest disaster loans to New Mexico residents and businesses. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
FEMA 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 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. 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.