Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Federal Assistance

Release Date Release Number
NR-014
Release Date:
August 25, 2020

MIDLAND, Mich. –– Time is running short. Michigan residents and businesses recovering from uninsured losses and damage caused by the May 16-22 flooding have just two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.

The deadline to register with FEMA and apply to the SBA is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

To register with FEMA:

  • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

The SBA helps businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

To apply for a low-interest disaster loan, complete an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. SBA has three dedicated phone lines to assist Michigan residents impacted by the May flooding. To reach an SBA Customer Service Representative directly call 800-659-2955. Email questions to FOCE-Help@sba.gov.  For more information, visit sba.gov/.

After registering, FEMA staff may contact you for various reasons, including to discuss your case or request additional information. It’s important to answer those phone calls to make sure your application process continues. If you are in any doubt when receiving a call from someone stating they work for FEMA, do not give out any information, but call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET to verify the call is legitimate.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. Reasonable accommodations, including translation and American Sign Language interpreters via Video Relay Service will be available to ensure effective communication with applicants with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and access and functional needs.

If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (including 711 or Video Relay). If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.

English: www.fema.gov/disaster/4547

Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4547 

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