ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgians who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged to complete and return their U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications as soon as they receive them.
Homeowners and renters may receive an SBA loan application within seven to ten days after registering with FEMA. Completing the application is a necessary step in obtaining some types of disaster assistance. Returning the loan packet quickly may also mean a faster delivery of assistance to those in need. Individuals who do not qualify for SBA loans may then be referred to other available disaster aid programs.
“It is important that those who receive an SBA application fill it out and return it as quickly as possible, even if they are not interested in a loan,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Failing to return a completed application may stop the assistance process.”
SBA representatives are available to help individuals fill out the SBA loan application at any of the Disaster Recovery Centers open in the disaster-affected counties. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free
800-659-2955 (individuals with hearing or speech disabilities may call 800-877-8339), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Individuals with storm losses should first register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages. Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance directly through a Web-enabled mobile device or smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funding for homeowners making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures to their pre-disaster condition, and for renters as well as homeowners for the replacement of personal property. Actual loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters and business owners.
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.