SALEM, Ore. -- Although the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides of Dec. 1-17 have passed and people have begun cleaning up the debris and repairing the damage, Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourage every resident affected to call and apply for disaster assistance.
Many types of assistance for homeowners, renters and business owners are available. Those affected by the severe weather of Dec. 1-17 can apply by calling FEMA's registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. Both lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Individuals can also register online at www.fema.gov.
"Anyone who has had damage could be eligible, but there's no way to know if they don't apply. That's the first step in finding out if someone qualifies for assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Glen R. Sachtleben.
State Coordinating Officer Abby Kershaw said, "Even if disaster victims have reported their damages to local officials, have applied for assistance through other agencies, or have insurance, they still need to apply with FEMA to be eligible for federal and state recovery programs."
Temporary housing assistance from FEMA does not require that an applicant file for an SBA loan. However, an applicant who receives an SBA loan application must complete it to be considered for additional assistance including personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving or storage expenses. SBA disaster assistance loans are available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
There are other ONA grants such as public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses that do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan to be eligible. FEMA will process applications for housing assistance regardless of whether the applicant has applied for an SBA loan. Eligibility determinations for applicants requesting FEMA's temporary housing assistance will not be held up because the applicant has or has not filled out an SBA application. Applicants for disaster assistance are urged to return their SBA applications so they will be considered for additional disaster assistance.
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.