ATLANTA – The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $50 million in Disaster Assistance Loans to homeowners, renters and businesses in parts of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi that were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred in late April, 2014. The deadline for each declaration is fast approaching.
“Currently, 1,140 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $51,191,400 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. SBA’s disaster loans for physical damages are available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Small businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
“SBA’s disaster loans provide much needed money to help individuals and business owners pay for disaster related repairs and replacements that were not covered by insurance, including their deductible and business interruption needs. These specialty loans are only available when there is a declared disaster. I encourage those with eligible disaster damages to apply, even if you think you might not qualify or do not want to take out a loan. There is no obligation to accept the loan if it is offered,” said SBA’s Regional Administrator for Region IV Cassius Butts.
Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
“We are already into the 2014 Hurricane season and although there has not been a major hurricane event in the South for several years, it does not mean that we should not be vigilant. Take time to become ‘disaster-ready.’ Prepare or update your family’s disaster preparedness kit, backup your computer system often and visit www.ready.gov for more tips and ideas. For information on free business seminars visit: www.PrepareMyBusiness.org and www.sba.gov” says Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator, SBA Region IV.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.