ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Help still remains just a phone call away for Minnesotans to apply for disaster aid for damages resulting from the storms and flooding between August 18 and 31. The Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced Nov. 14 as a new registration deadline.
"Registrations increased as the first deadline approached and we don?t want people with uninsured damages to their homes or businesses to miss the opportunity to register," said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinating officer. "We want to help as many people as we can, as quickly as we can."
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.
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.
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.