WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Commonwealth-FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Springfield will close at 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, and reopen in the same location as a Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.
The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will operate at:
Massachusetts Technology Park
One Federal Street, Building #104
Springfield, Massachusetts 01105
Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed weekends until further notice.
SBA customer service representatives will be available at the SBA center to assist individuals and business owners in Hampden and Worcester counties who suffered losses due to the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes. A representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be on hand to help tornado survivors.
SBA staff members can issue loan applications and answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program. They can also help individuals complete their applications and close their approved disaster loans.
The deadline for submitting an SBA disaster loan application -- as well as applying for FEMA assistance -- is Aug. 15, 2011.
Also, the SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Monson will continue operating until further notice at:
Granite Valley Middle School
21 Thompson Street
Monson, Massachusetts 01057
Hours for the Monson SBA center will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed weekends.
Tornado survivors may register with FEMA through the Aug. 15 deadline or get information by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800- 462-7585 (TTY) for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Multilingual registration assistance is available at both numbers. For online registration, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Those with smart phones and tablets can register at m.fema.gov.
The SBA customer service number is 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 (TTY).
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.