ANDOVER, Mass. – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and officials from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency are urging homeowners, renters and businesses in designated counties to register for disaster assistance and return their applications for SBA disaster loans before the Monday, June 28, 2010, deadline.
The FEMA deadline affects homeowners, renters and business owners in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties.
To register, call FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for people with speech or hearing disabilities. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help is available in many languages. FEMA also offers online registration 24/7 at www.DisasterAssitance.gov.
Registration takes about 15-20 minutes. To speed up the process, applicants should have necessary information and documents handy, including:
- Social Security number;
- Telephone number where he or she can be reached;
- Address of the damaged property;
- Current mailing address;
- Brief description of disaster-related damages and losses;
- Insurance information; and
- Direct deposit information to help speed delivery of funds
FEMA Housing Assistance grants may include funds to rent a place to live while rebuilding; minor home repairs to make a home safe, sanitary and functional; and replace essential household items not covered by insurance. Other types of grants may be available to replace personal property and help in meeting medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable-aid programs.
SBA disaster loans help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster damaged personal property and business assets. These loans may cover insurance deductibles, code-required upgrades and other costs not compensated for by insurance or other sources.
For more information about returning a disaster loan application, call the SBA Customer Service Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT at 1-800-659-2955. For further assistance, applicants can go online at www.sba.gov/services/DisasterAssistance or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Individuals and businesses with disaster-related damages can apply for low-interest loans at the SBA’s secure Web site, https://DisasterLoan.sba.gov/ela/
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.