HELENA, Mont. -- Residents and business owners in 31 Montana counties and four reservations who suffered damage from the storms and flooding this spring have two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The registration deadline is Monday, September 26, 2011, for both grants and loans.
Already $4.8 million dollars in assistance has been approved to Montanans in grants from FEMA. Additionally, $1.8 million has been approved in low-interest, federal disaster loans from the SBA for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.
- $4,853,465 in Housing and Other Needs Assistance.
- $4,522,192 for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $331,272 for "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related expenses, such as medical costs and damaged personal property.
- $1,852,200 in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners has been approved by the SBA.
- 2,676 individuals having registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance
- 2,143 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- 1,788 visitors to Disaster Recovery Centers.
Homeowners, renters and business owners can register for assistance or check the status of their registration by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. If the registrant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly. FEMA phone lines are open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week; multilingual operators are available.
Registering with FEMA must be done directly. Those who registered with a county disaster emergency services office must also apply with FEMA. Assistance may still be available to homeowners who have already cleaned up and made repairs.
When registering for FEMA by phone or online, have the following information ready:
The address of the affected property;
- A brief description of the damage;
- A current mailing address;
- Social Security number;
- Insurance information, including policy numbers;
- A contact number or alternate such as a cell phone or work number.
- The name of declared county or reservation where property is located.
FEMA disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for rent and home repairs, replace personal property and reimburse medical, storage and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or charities. Assistance may also include low-interest federal disaster loans from SBA.
SBA offers disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations for their uncompensated losses. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace their property damage and/or economic losses.
For additional information on SBA disaster loan assistance, call SBA at 800-659-2955, or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Those who are deaf or hard-of- hearing may call 800-877-8339, TTY directly. Applicants may apply online using SBA's Electronic Loan Application (ELA), via SBA...