Hagatna, Guam -- Disaster Assistance has been made available to help anyone who has suffered damage or losses caused by Typhoon Chata'an, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said Individual Assistance has been added to the disaster declaration issued on July 6 by President Bush, based upon initial damage assessments gathered by federal and government of Guam recovery officials.
Allbaugh said that residents and business owners in Guam may apply for a wide range of disaster assistance programs under the major disaster declaration.
Aid can include funding for temporary housing, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster emergency food stamps, and grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs.
Affected residents and business owners may apply starting tomorrow, Sunday July 14, by calling FEMA's toll free registration number at: 1.800.621.3362 between 8am and 6pm Guam time. Persons with speech or hearing impairments may call TTY 800.462.7585.
In order to take advantage of FEMA disaster assistance programs you must first call the toll free "800" number listed above. The FEMA operators at the other end will ask for basic information: your name, a street address or specific directions to the affected home or business, a telephone contact number, and social security number (if you have one). Also, please be prepared to give a brief, preliminary description of the damage or losses suffered.