DENVER – Colorado residents and business owners with damage from September’s severe weather have only one week left to register for help from FEMA. There is also only one week left to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The deadline for both is Dec. 2, 2013, for those with physical losses.
Filling out the SBA loan application is an important step toward recovery. No one has to accept a disaster loan, but completing and returning the application may open the door to other forms of assistance, such as additional FEMA grants.
Small businesses and most private nonprofits without physical losses have until June 16, 2014 to apply for Economic Injury Loans only.
You can register with FEMA and have questions answered by calling the Helpline - 800-621-3362 - from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., MST, seven days a week. Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA Helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.
You also can also have FEMA and SBA questions answered by a specialist at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To find the DRC closest to you, go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers