Pago Pago, AS -- Only two days left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to return a completed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application.
The deadline for American Samoa residents to apply for disaster assistance and return a completed SBA disaster 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 DRC at the Lee Auditorium in Utulei. The DRC will be open Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The FEMA Helpline is (684) 633-3720.
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 disaster loans from the SBA.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call (684) 633-0920.
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.