INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Tuesday, May 8, is the last day for residents of six southern Indiana counties to register for federal assistance and apply for low-interest disaster loans in connection with severe storms that occurred from Feb. 29 through March 3. Storm-impacted residents and business owners in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick or Washington counties are urged to register for federal aid and submit their loan applications as soon as possible.
Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security advise storm survivors to submit required insurance settlement information with FEMA as soon as possible. Storm-impacted individuals have 12 months from the date of their FEMA decision letter to file any required insurance settlement information. However, the quicker FEMA receives insurance settlement information, the sooner an application for FEMA funding may be processed.
May 8 is also the last day to submit an application for a low-interest disaster loan for physical damage from the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA). Hoosiers who received a loan application should complete it and return it as soon as possible. Information provided could determine whether a storm-impacted individual qualifies for other forms of FEMA assistance. Even after being approved for a loan, there is no requirement to accept the entire approved loan amount or any portion of it.
To ask questions or to learn more about SBA loans, applicants may call the SBA Customer Service Center. The toll-free number is (800) 659-2955. Hearing-impaired individuals may call TTY (800) 877-8339. Emails may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan application forms may be downloaded from SBA’s website www.sba.gov. Applicants may also apply for SBA loans online by visiting https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Hoosiers may register or check the status of their FEMA application by calling FEMA’s telephone registration and help line (800) 621-FEMA (3362). For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is (800) 462-7585. Video Relay Service may be accessed by calling (800) 621-3362. These lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Online registration is available through www.fema.gov or www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Smart phone or tablet registration is possible by visiting m.fema.gov.
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.