HUNT VALLEY, Md.- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) and Maryland Emergency Management Agency
announced today the deadline to apply for disaster aid for damages resulting
from Hurricane Sandy is being extended to February 26.
"There are still people registering
every day," said Mike Lapinski, Federal Coordinating Officer. "We
don't want people with uninsured damages to their homes or businesses to miss
the opportunity to register. That is why we are extending the deadline."
February 26 will be the last day for
residents to apply for state and federal disaster assistance to help them
recover from the Hurricane Sandy.
Additionally, February 26 will be the deadline for homeowners and businesses to
submit applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small
Business Administration (SBA).
The fastest and easiest way to register is by
visiting www.disasterassistance.gov. You may also register on your smartphone at
m.fema.gov. If you do not have access to the internet,
you may call FEMA's toll-free hotline at
1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585
for the deaf or hard of hearing. Telephone lines are open from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week until
further notice, and multilingual operators are also available to answer your
After the application deadline, FEMA's toll-free phone line
still will be available to assist those who have already registered. Applicants
who have questions about disaster assistance programs or questions about the status
of their previously filed applications should continue to use FEMA's toll-free
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
offers low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace
Applicants who have been referred to SBA must complete and
return the SBA disaster loan application to be eligible for additional
assistance under the part of the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program that
covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage
expenses. There are other ONA grants such as public transportation expenses,
medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses that do not
require individuals to apply for an SBA loan to be eligible.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by
calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the
deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to email@example.com. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.
Completed applications should be mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925
Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
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