HELENA, Mont. -- Federal assistance for storm and flood-related damages has reached over $62 million in Montana, according to Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). One week remains to register for homeowners, renters and businesses in affected counties.
The deadline to register for federal assistance is October 11, 2011.
Disaster assistance from the FEMA Individual Assistance Program is providing help to Montana residents directly in 31counties and four reservations to meet their urgent storm-related needs and repair damaged homes. Over $6 million has been distributed to thousands of Montana residents from this program.
To register for assistance or check on the status of a registration, residents can go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585.
As of Sunday, October 2, disaster assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding amounted to:
- $6,114,379.23 in Housing and Other Needs Assistance;
- $5,733.581.80 for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes;
- $380,797.43 for "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related expenses, such as medical and dental costs and damaged personal possessions;
- 3,431 individuals having registered with FEMA;
- $2,741,000.00 SBA low-interest loans
- 3,017 housing inspections completed;
- 2,313 visits to disaster recovery centers;
- $53,401,639.00 in Public Assistance infrastructure grants
Federal assistance also comes in the form of disaster loans from the SBA. SBA's low-interest loans are available 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. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are available to small businesses and most private, nonprofit organizations to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
To apply for an SBA disaster loan by phone, or for additional information, call 800-659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Those who are deaf or hard-of- hearing may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using SBA's Electronic Loan Application (ELA) at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is available to 48 Montana counties and five reservations. Federal assistance is available to repair and bring back infrastructure damaged in the disaster that is used by the entire community. To date, more than $53 million in grants are being processed for payment to eligible PA applicants.
PA grant funds support clean up of disaster debris, repair the disaster-damaged roads and bridges people use every day going to work and school, put power poles back into the ground, repair schools and pay for emergency services during the disaster. Over $9 million of the PA money is approved for hazard mitigation, which protects public facilities from damage during future disaste...