COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Residents of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte counties have less than two weeks to apply for federal disaster aid.
The deadline for survivors of the recent flooding from June 1 to Aug. 1, 2011, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and with the U.S. Small Business Administration is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.
To date, more than $2.4 million in federal grants and loans has been approved for assistance to more than 700 flood survivors.
Applicants may register for assistance or check the status of their registration by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If the applicant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if the applicant uses 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. FEMA phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Registration may also be completed online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by smartphone at m.fema.gov.
Assistance may include FEMA grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest SBA disaster loans to cover losses not fully covered by insurance, and other programs to help homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations recover from the effects of the disaster.
Survivors are also urged to complete and return the SBA low-interest disaster loan application they might receive after registering with FEMA. Applications are available from Disaster Recovery Centers and online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
The SBA can help homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofits with loans up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate, and $40,000 to repair or replace personal property damages, including automobiles. The interest rate of disaster loans for homeowners and renters may be as low as 2.688 percent, with terms up to 30 years, making repayment affordable. Business owners may obtain business loans up to $2 million for physical and/or economic injury to a business.
For more information, contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 1-800-659‑2955, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting SBA's website at www.sba.gov. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals may call 1-800-877‑8339.
The U.S. 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 non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers 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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362.
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.