LAREDO, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Slaton will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, Oct. 4.
The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be at the same location in Slaton and will close at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7. The hours for the SBA DLOC are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The SBA DLOC in Lubbock County is located at:
Slaton County ISD Board Room
140 E. Panhandle
Slaton, TX 79364
At an SBA DLOC, homeowners, renters and business owners can meet with an SBA Customer Service Representative to apply for a low-interest disaster loan and find answers to their questions about the SBA disaster loan program. SBA offers low-interest federal disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed by the disaster. To date, SBA has approved almost $1.2 million in low-interest loans to Texas residents and businesses.
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to cover the uncompensated losses for personal contents up to $40,000 for both homeowners and renters and up to $200,000 for homeowners for physical damage to their primary residence. The SBA also provides low-interest loans up to $2 million for uncompensated physical losses suffered by businesses of any size and private non-profit organizations. Additionally, working capital loans are available for economic injuries sustained by small businesses in the declared counties and the adjoining counties. The combination of the two business loans cannot exceed $2 million. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339), or visit SBA's website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Oct. 4, 2010, is the deadline to apply for disaster assistance.
Disaster survivors affected by Hurricane Alex and the flooding that followed, can still register for assistance by calling the Helpline. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Residents can also register online at www.disasterassisstance.gov, where valuable recovery information is also available.
For those who may still have disaster assistance questions after the centers close, help remains just a phone call away. Bilingual operators at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Helpline — 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 — are available to answer disaster aid questions and assist applicants who may want to check on the status of their application.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA website at /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.