WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- State and federal disaster officials overseeing recovery operations in response to the June 1 – Aug. 30, 2010 severe storms and flooding announced that the registration deadline is extended until close of business Nov. 12 for Iowa homeowners, renters and business owners.
The extension was agreed upon by the State of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials after reviewing the steady and consistent flow of new registrations throughout the last week. Since Aug. 13, more than 11,000 registrations have been recorded by FEMA in the 35 designated counties.
The declared counties for Individual Assistance are Appanoose, Black Hawk, Cherokee, Clayton, Decatur, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Kossuth, Lee, Lucas, Lyon, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, O’Brien, Osceola, Polk, Ringgold, Sioux, Story, Taylor, Union, Wapello, Warren, Webster, and Wright Counties.
Homeowners, renters or business owners affected by the storms should register for assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available to answer calls during this time. Flood survivors may register for assistance online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.
When registering, individuals will need current address and contact information, address of the damaged property, Social Security numbers, household composition, insurance and income information.
The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration also has been extended through Nov.12. 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.
To date, FEMA has approved more than $22 million in aid to disaster households, while the SBA has approved nearly than $8 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations.
Disaster information and recovery resources are available directly from your Smartphone at FEMA’s new mobile website at http://m.fema.gov/.
For information about SBA’s disaster loan programs, applicants may call (800) 659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339), or online at www.sba.gov.
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