Disaster Assistance filing deadline approaches

From press and staff reports

Individuals and businesses affected by the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding on April 28, 2014 through May 03, 2014 should be aware that the deadline to apply for a low-interest rate loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for physical damages is June 30, 2014.
In the aftermath of a federally declared disaster, the SBA is the primary federal program for funding long-term disaster recovery for homeowners, renters and businesses.
SBA officials ask residents  “Do not wait to settle with your insurance company before applying for disaster loan assistance.  Waiting to file an SBA application could cause unnecessary delays in receiving disaster assistance and cause you to miss the filing deadline.”
Persons must return completed application on or before the filing deadline to be considered for a loan from the SBA or referral to FEMA for possible grant assistance that covers items such as personal property, vehicle repair and moving and storage expenses.  The SBA offers the option of filing your disaster home and/or business loan applications online through ecure website at:  https://disasterloan.sba.gov.
Individuals, renters, and business owners may also visit a SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to obtain and/or submit disaster loan applications.  These centers are temporary assistance centers currently located in the following counties:  Lee and Winston.

Nearly $16.5 Million Approved for Mississippi Disaster Survivors

Federal assistance approved for disaster survivors in 12 Mississippi counties has reached almost $16.5 million.
All federal assistance to individuals and households in the 12 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance. The severe storms, tornadoes and flooding occurred from April 28 through May 3, 2014.

  • Nearly $16.5 million in total federal disaster assistance has been approved by FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Nearly $11.7 million in low-interest disaster loans has been approved by SBA for 170 homeowners, renters and businesses.
  • More than $4.9 million in FEMA Individual Assistance grants has been approved to help Mississippi disaster survivors recover, including:
    • Almost $3.7 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.
    • Nearly $1.3 million approved to help cover other essential disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses and household possessions. Included is approval of assistance with funeral expenses for 11 disaster-related deaths. Other funeral expense requests are pending.
  • More than 5,000 people have contacted FEMA for help or information regarding disaster assistance.
    • In addition to FEMA grants for individuals and families, other forms of disaster assistance are provided by SBA and other partner agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. FEMA refers some survivors to those agencies.
    • All businesses that contact FEMA are also referred to SBA.
    • Others may be interested in other programs such as disaster unemployment assistance and disaster legal services.
  • 2,705 home inspections completed.
  • More than 4,700 visits to disaster recovery centers by people affected by the disaster.
  • FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance crews have visited more than 11,000 dwellings and assisted more than 7,600 survivors.

Monday, June 30, 2014, is the deadline to register with FEMA for individual assistance and to submit an SBA disaster home loan application.
Disaster survivors in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties may be eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.
Individuals and households in those counties can register for FEMA Individual Assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (central time) and assistance is available in multiple languages. FEMA assistance does not affect benefits from other federal programs such as Social Security, SNAP or Medicaid and is not considered taxable income.
For additional information about SBA low-interest disaster loans, contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339, emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or visiting sba.gov/disaster.
SBA disaster loan outreach centers are now open in Louisville and Tupelo at the former disaster recovery center locations. Survivors who need help completing their SBA disaster loan applications can visit the centers to talk with SBA representatives and get help with their applications. MEMA and FEMA will also have representatives at the centers to answer questions about the FEMA disaster assistance process. The disaster loan outreach centers are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday at the following locations:
Winston County
Georgia Pacific
826 S. Church Ave.
Louisville, MS 39339
For more information on Mississippi disaster recovery, go to fema.gov/disaster/4175. Visit the MEMA site at msema.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/msemaorg.
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.