PELHAM, Ala. -- Jan. 22-23 tornado survivors have until Thursday, March 1, to visit the disaster loan outreach centers in Center Point and Pinson.
U.S. Small Business Administration specialists are there to help survivors of the Jan. 22-23 tornadoes apply for low-interest disaster loans for rebuilding, replacing or repairing their personal property. Survivors who need services in any of the three counties impacted - Chilton, Jefferson and Perry -should visit the centers by Thursday, March 1, before 6 p.m.
When disaster survivors visit a center, they can sit down with SBA representatives for answers to specific questions or help completing paperwork. This one-on-one help is available to homeowners, renters, businesses and qualified non-profits of any size.
The deadline to apply for SBA disaster loans for physical damages and Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance is April 2, 2012. The deadline to return loan applications to SBA is also April 2.
Those affected by the January tornadoes and storms may apply for disaster loans electronically through SBA’s website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Loan application forms can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov and mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
To learn more about disaster loans, call 800-659-2955 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT or send an e-mail to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.
Help is always available by calling FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362, which is video relay service accessible. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and assistance is available in most languages. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing may call TTY 800-462-7585.
Center Point City Hall, 2209 Center Point Parkway in Center Point.
Clay Community Center, 6415 Clay Palmerdale Road in Pinson.
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). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
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.