CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Families, individuals and businesses in Lyon County suffering damage from the Jan. 5-10 severe winter storms and flooding have less than one month to register for help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
March 10, 2008 is the deadline for registering for FEMA assistance. To register or to check the status of an existing registration, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number for the speech- or hearing-impaired is 1-800-462-7585. Online, go to www.fema.gov.
March 10 is also the deadline to submit loan applications to the SBA. While no one is required to take out an SBA loan, applications are a key part of the FEMA application process. A loan denial may open up other assistance for eligible applicants.
The State of Nevada's Homeowners Disaster Assistance Program (HDAP) is also offering assistance to homeowners in Fernley. The deadline to fill out paperwork for HDAP is also March 10, 2008. Questions about HDAP eligibility and requirements can be answered by calling 775-784-9985.
"Registration for FEMA assistance is separate from any other applications with other helping agencies, said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Karl, in charge of the FEMA response in the disaster area. "Don't let anyone discourage you from registering for any reason. Don't miss this chance to get help."
To date, FEMA has approved more than $1.87 million in aid to disaster victims, while the SBA has approved more than $1.76 million in disaster loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses.
Those with questions about SBA loans are encouraged to visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) located at Fernley City Hall, 595 Silver Lace Blvd, Fernley. The DLOC is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. SBA representatives at the DLOC are able to issue loan applications, answer questions, explain the application process, and help individuals complete their disaster loan application. For information on SBA, go to www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
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.