ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The deadline for Minnesotans to apply for disaster aid for damages resulting from the storms and flooding between August 18-31 has been extended to Nov. 14, the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
"There are still people registering every day," said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinating officer. "We don't want people with uninsured damages to their homes or businesses to miss the opportunity to register. That is why we are extending the deadline."
Nov. 14 will be the last day for residents to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to help them recover from the severe storms and flooding. Additionally, Nov. 14 will be the deadline for submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).? Anyone needing assistance with their SBA application can call 1-800-659-2955.
All that is required to apply for disaster assistance is one toll-free phone call to FEMA. That number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, until further notice.? Residents may also register online at www.fema.gov.
FEMA's helpline is available to assist those who have already registered. Applicants who have questions about disaster assistance programs or questions about the status of their previously filed applications should continue to use FEMA's toll-free number.?
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.