Pago Pago, AS -- Less than two weeks remain to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to return a completed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application.
The deadline for American Samoa residents to apply for disaster assistance and return a completed SBA loan application for damages or losses caused by the earthquake, tsunami and flooding is at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. Registrations cannot be accepted after the deadline.
Recovery officials urge residents and business owners who have not yet registered with their disaster-related damage to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Lee Auditorium in Utulei. The DRC is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The FEMA Helpline offers assistance to applicants between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“FEMA will provide eligible applicants with all the disaster assistance funds they are entitled to receive,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael H. Smith. “Registration keeps open the possibility of a range of assistance.”
Federal and Territory recovery aid includes grants for emergency disaster housing and essential repairs, individual and household grants for necessities not covered by insurance, or other sources and low-interest loans from the SBA.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.