FEMA and SBA encourage homeowners to apply for recovery assistance


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are working together to help homeowners and businesses. 

More than 100,000 victims have registered for Disaster Assistance. 

$69 million dollars have already been approved to receive assistance. 

$52 million dollars are in the hands of survivors. 

Officials are still asking those who haven’t come forward to start the process. 

Lynn Kimbrough is an external affairs specialist with FEMA. 

“Disaster assistance may be provided not just from a FEMA Program, but from a number of the partners we work with,” said Kimbrough. “We have other federal agencies, state resources, and voluntary agencies at the local level.” 

Kimbrough says getting help in the centers is key. 

“We want to give residents an opportunity to speak one on one with a FEMA representative and with our other partners, such as the small business administration,” Kimbrough said. 

Laurie Dana is a public affairs reservist with the SBA. 

“Even if they (homeowners and business owners) are unsure if they need a loan, we really encourage everyone to do so,” said Dana. “If they are approved, they have time to make up their mind to decide if they need the disaster loan.”

Homeowners can apply for SBA disaster loans up to $200,000 to make repairs to their primary residences. 

Homeowners and renters can apply for SBA disaster loans up to 40,000 to repair or replace the contents of their homes and automobiles. 

Businesses of all sizes can apply for SBA disaster loans. 

Physical Damages: Up to $2 million (Real Estate, Inventory, Equipment, etc.) 

Working Capital: Up to $2 Million (No physical damages necessary to qualify.) 

You can register with FEMA at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Register with SBA: DisasterLoan.sba.gov 

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