DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, July 16, is the deadline for Iowa survivors of the March 12-June 15 severe storms and flooding to register for federal disaster assistance from FEMA or to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Registering with FEMA is easy and there are three ways to do so before the deadline:
- Go online to www.disasterassistance.gov.
- Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are on duty.
- Use FEMA’s disaster app on your smartphone. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, you can go to www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
Information about how to apply for low-interest SBA loans for businesses and residents is available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or low hearing may call 800-877-8339.
Registration with FEMA takes a half hour or less, so it’s quick. But maybe you’re wondering why you should take 30 minutes to even register. What’s in it for you?
- To begin, eligible applicants may receive assistance from FEMA for disaster damage not covered by insurance. Items such as basic home repairs or the replacement of personal property are eligible uses for FEMA grants. FEMA grants don’t have to be repaid.
- In addition, eligible disaster survivors can use their grants to help pay for renting a place to live until their primary residence can be repaired, to pay for minor structural repairs or to pay for disaster-related medical or dental needs not covered by insurance.
Some survivors may have more significant damage and will need a larger amount of money to help with their recovery. For those situations, a low-interest disaster loan from the SBA may be the best option.
These loans are the primary source of funds for repairs to homes and businesses and/or for replacement of personal property after a disaster. Renters and homeowners may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars and appliances damaged or destroyed in this disaster. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to pay for structural repairs to their primary residence or rebuilding the residence. Businesses and most private, nonprofits may borrow up to $2 million both for physical repairs and economic injury.
Don’t delay! FEMA and SBA stand ready to provide appropriate disaster assistance to all eligible disaster survivors. There is just one week left until the July 16 deadline.
The Iowa Department of Human Rights can provide information on resources for people with disabilities. Call 515-242-5655 or go online at https://humanrights.Iowa.gov.
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 faced discrimination or needs help with accessible communication, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available.
FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.
HSEMD Mission: To lead, coordinate and support homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. Applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or low-hearing may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email email@example.com or visit SBA at www.SBA.gov/.