WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Southbridge will transition Monday, July 18, to a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to continue serving survivors of the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes.
Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available at the DLOC -- located at the Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main St., Southbridge, MA -- to assist survivors in completing their low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions about the program.
A staffer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will also be at the center.
The DLOC’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and it will remain open through close of business on Thursday, July 28.
Low-interest SBA disaster loans are the largest source of federal recovery funding for homeowners, renters and business owners. They may provide financial assistance for repairing or rebuilding a home or replacing personal property, such as furniture, clothes and vehicles.
Applying for the loan may open the door to FEMA grants that do not need to be paid back. The grants may be used to replace essential household items, replace or repair personal property and cover other disaster-related needs.
SBA applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Survivors may also visit SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA/ to apply online for a low-interest disaster loan or call 800-659-2955 or (800-877-8339 TTY).
Survivors can register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Online registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov on a smartphone or tablet.
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.