HELENA, Mont. -- To meet the needs of the community, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Montana disaster recovery officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lewistown will remain open after August 19 as an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center.
Montana Disaster Emergency Services, FEMA and SBA opened the Disaster Recovery Center to provide one-stop, face-to-face assistance and disaster information to individuals and businesses who suffered damage as a result of the severe storms and flooding that occurred from April 4 through July 22.
After registering for disaster assistance with FEMA, individuals and business owners were able to visit the center to obtain information about the types of disaster assistance available from agencies such as FEMA, SBA and other agencies.
The Lewistown DRC becomes an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, August 15 and will continue to be located at the National Guard Armory, 863 Airport Road in Lewistown. It will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 am to 5 pm and closed for one-hour lunch, noon to 1 pm each day, until further notice.
At the Lewistown SBA DLOC, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet individually with residents and business owners to answer their questions, explain SBA's disaster loan program, issue applications, help them complete their applications and close their approved disaster loans.
SBA low-interest disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 from SBA to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
For small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working-capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Individuals may still register for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs and rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call (800) 659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339).
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.