WARWICK, R.I. -- Homeowners, renters and businesses have only five days before the May 28 deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance and return their applications for SBA disaster loans.
Here are five good reasons to register by Friday:
You will miss out on federal disaster assistance for damage caused by the Floods of 2010.
You could get a 30-year, low-interest SBA disaster home loan that would make up the difference between FEMA disaster assistance and long-term recovery.
You could get housing assistance from FEMA that would give you a place to live while your home is repaired.
You could miss out on a FEMA grant for serious disaster-related needs if you don’t return the SBA application.
You could later find damage to your home or business, but not be able to get assistance because the application deadline is past.
To register, find out the status of your application, resolve problems or appeal a decision, call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals with speech disabilities. FEMA Helpline hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (EDT). Help is available in all languages. FEMA also offers online registration at www.fema.gov.
For more information about returning a disaster loan application, call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, at 1-800-659-2955 for information and assistance. Residents also may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.