By 1808Delaware

This week, FEMA teams will be actively canvassing neighborhoods impacted by the devastating March 14 tornadoes, including in Delaware County. Their mission is to provide residents with critical information about the federal assistance process and to help individuals and business owners navigate the application procedures for aid.

Application Process for Federal Assistance

Residents and business owners affected by the tornadoes have until July 2 to apply for federal assistance. Applications can be submitted by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by registering online at the FEMA Disaster Assistance website.

Types of Assistance Available

FEMA offers various forms of aid to help those in need, including:

  • Temporary Housing Assistance: Provides financial support for renting temporary housing.
  • Repair and Replacement Assistance: Covers costs for repairing or replacing damaged property.
  • Other Needs Assistance: Includes medical, dental, funeral expenses, and other necessary expenses related to the disaster.

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

In addition to FEMA Disaster Assistance, low-rate disaster loans are available through the Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans are designed to aid in the recovery of businesses and homeowners alike.

Applying for SBA Disaster Loans

To learn more about these loans and to apply, visit the SBA Disaster Loan website. Here are some key points about the SBA disaster loans:

  • Home Disaster Loans: Available to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.
  • Business Physical Disaster Loans: For businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Provide necessary working capital to small businesses and agricultural cooperatives to help overcome the economic injury caused by the disaster.

Importance of Prompt Application

It’s crucial for residents and business owners to apply for assistance as soon as possible. Early application ensures that aid can be provided promptly, aiding in a quicker recovery process. The federal assistance programs aim to alleviate the financial burdens faced by those affected and to support the rebuilding of communities.

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