CONCORD, N.H. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are working together by providing separate but coordinated programs to deliver financial assistance to New Hampshire homeowners and renters recovering from Tropical Storm Irene damage that took place during the period Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.
It is important that those who receive an SBA disaster assistance loan application consider filling it out and submitting it. Information in the application allows FEMA to decide whether the resident is eligible for its Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program. An ONA grant can be used to replace certain personal property, such as essential furnishings, appliances and vehicles.
Those who do not qualify for the SBA loan will automatically be reconsidered by FEMA for an ONA grant.
If an applicant qualifies for an SBA long-term, low-interest personal property loan, they may not be eligible for an ONA grant regardless of whether or not they accept the SBA loan. SBA personal property loans may be up to $40,000.
Individuals should register by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. If you use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.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.