CLINTON, Miss. -- Three recovery centers will become Disaster Loan Outreach Centers managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday, June 1. The change signals progress in the recovery from the April 23-24 tornadoes.
At the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, SBA representatives will help complete and accept SBA disaster loan applications. FEMA specialists will also be available to help the small number of people who still need person-to-person help with their FEMA registrations.
The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will operate Tuesday, June 1 through Saturday,
June 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:
National Guard Armory
911 Highway 35 North
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Ebenezer Voluntary Fire Dept.
619 Highway 14
Chamber of Commerce
212 East Broadway Street
Yazoo City, MS 39194
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the severe storms and tornadoes.
“The transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers is a sign of recovery moving forward,” said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack. “We're primarily looking at the longer-term rebuilding picture now instead of emergency needs.”
"The SBA generally is the largest single source of funds for long-term disaster recovery," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. “SBA specialists at the outreach centers will help people apply for low-interest loans to rebuild, and FEMA representatives will continue to be at the centers to help those who still need it."
Help with FEMA programs is always available by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585, or by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.
The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance and low-interest loans for physical damages from the SBA is June 28.
For more information, contact the State Emergency Joint Information Center at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or visit us online at www.msema.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook using the keyword MSEMA.
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.