LAREDO, Texas -- Got a few minutes? Then you have time to register for federal disaster assistance if you sustained damage from Hurricane Alex.
But those who haven't applied for federal grants and low-interest loans have only a month to do so. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.
“It's vital that survivors of Hurricane Alex register for assistance before time runs out,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. “Help is still available, and it only takes a few minutes to apply. But to benefit, you must register.”
Hurricane Alex survivors must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be eligible to receive disaster assistance. The application process takes 15-20 minutes and can be initiated by:
- Calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362), or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for those with speech or hearing disabilities. The helpline operates seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with assistance available in all languages.
- Going to www.DisasterAssistance.gov online.
- Visiting m.fema.gov on a Web-enabled mobile device or smart phone.
Oct. 4 is also the deadline to submit applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans to repair physical damage to homes, personal property and businesses. While no one is required to take out an SBA loan, applications are a key part of the FEMA registration process. A loan denial may open up other assistance to eligible applicants.
“I urge every Texan who suffered damage from Hurricane Alex, no matter how large or small, to register for federal assistance,” said State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “With the deadline just weeks away, filling out the application might be the most critical few minutes a survivor has spent in the past two months.”
When applying for help, be sure to have the following information available:
- Your current telephone number.
- Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying.
- Your Social Security number.
- A general list of damages and losses you suffered.
- If insured, the name of your company or agent and your policy number.
- Bank account coding if you wish to speed up your assistance by using direct deposit.
More than 2,600 individuals and families recovering from the storms and flooding have registered with FEMA. Individual Assistance is available in eight counties in South Texas.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA website at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2010/alex/index.shtm. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov. Texans should also visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for more information on this disaster and preparation for future disasters.
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.