JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Families, individuals and businesses in Missouri that have suffered damage from the mid-March severe storms and flooding have two weeks to register for federal assistance.
The deadline for registering for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance in the 35 counties declared for Individual Assistance is May 27, 2008. To register, or to check the status of an existing registration, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Online, go to www.fema.gov.
May 27 is also the deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration. 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 to eligible applicants.
Registration for FEMA assistance must be done separately from registering for aid from any other organization. Don?t let anyone discourage you from registering. Register even if you have insurance and update your file with FEMA after your insurance settlement.
Those with questions about SBA loans are encouraged to visit any SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) operating Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the following locations:
1018 S. Westwood St., Suite 5
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Piedmont City Hall
115 W. Green St.
Piedmont, MO 63957
United Methodist Church
1516 St. Louis St.
Pacific, MO 63069
Cape Girardeau County
Jackson Fire & Rescue Administration
503 S. Hope St.
Jackson, MO 63755
SBA representatives at the DLOCs are able to provide loan applications, answer questions, explain the application process, and help individuals complete their disaster loan applications. For more, visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
To date, FEMA has approved more than $11.53 million in aid to disaster victims, while the SBA has approved more than $4.65 million in disaster loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes, and nonprofit organizations.
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.