LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- With the Mena Disaster Recovery Center closing on Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plans to continue to assist those with SBA needs as it transitions to a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) with a new location.
The DLOC will open on Monday, June 1, at the Mena Fire Station #1, 603 DeQueen St., in Mena. Hours will be: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
At the DLOC, those who experienced losses form the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9 can talk with an SBA representative about applying for a low-interest loan; check on the status of their loan application; or get additional loan information.
SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funds for making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures to their pre-disaster condition. Actual loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters and business owners.
Residents also can apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
SBA loan information and application forms may be obtained from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling toll-free (800) 659‑2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing-impaired individuals may call (800) 877‑8339.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.