Wallingford, Conn. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) open in Groton, Norwich and Norwalk are extending their operations and will stay open through July 15. They had been slated to close on July 9.
At the DLOCs, SBA representatives are available to meet with residents and business owners to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program, help complete disaster loan applications, accept completed applications and complete loan closings. SBA loans can cover disaster expenses while people wait for their insurance claims to be processed.
The DLOCs are now open from 9.a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Thursday, July 15, and are located in:
Groton - Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Rd.
Norwich -Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike
Norwalk - Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave.
Recovery officials encourage Connecticut residents to take the step of completing a disaster loan application from SBA regardless of their current situation. Being approved for a loan does not obligate the applicant to accept it, but it merely provides an additional source of recovery funds if needed.
Completing the loan application and returning it is a crucial step toward accessing complete disaster recovery assistance. Renters and homeowners who do not qualify for an SBA loan will be referred to FEMA to be considered for several types of grants that are available only for applicants who are ineligible for SBA disaster loans.
In addition to visiting a DLOC, applicants may obtain help with SBA questions by calling 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. Eastern Daylight Time at 800-659-2955. Applicants may also visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with disaster-related damage can apply for low-interest loans at the SBA's secure Web site, disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
As a result of the severe storms and flooding March 12-May 17, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Connecticut, making federal disaster assistance available. Registrations can be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 800-462-7585. The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is July 27.
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.