NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will close the Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) located at the St. Martin Parish Fire Training Center, 1035 Ruth Bridge Hwy, on Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. To date, SBA has approved more than $3.6 million in low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damage as a result of the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred Feb. 12 and 13 in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Martin parishes.
Residents and business owners who received damages are urged to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those who are hearing or speech impaired. The FEMA registration line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Monday through Saturday. Those affected by the disaster can also register online at www.fema.gov. The deadline to register with FEMA is April 24, 2007.
SBA customer service representatives will be available until the DLOC closes to provide homeowners, renters 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.
After the DLOC closes, individuals and business owners should mail their completed applications to 14925 Kingsport Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76155. Applications and information may also be obtained by calling toll-free 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the speech and hearing impaired. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 24, 2007. The deadline to return Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications is Nov. 23, 2007.
The federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers in Orleans Parish located at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 4128 Franklin Ave. and St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1333 Carrollton Ave will close March 31 at 1 p.m.
SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or repairing disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.