30 Days Left to Register for Disaster Assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) has established a deadline of Nov. 14, 2013 for survivors in nine designated Colorado counties to register for disaster assistance. The Nov. 14 deadline affects survivors of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the following counties designated for individual assistance: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, and Weld.

Federal/State disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. More than 24,000 Coloradans have already contacted FEMA for help or information, and more than $40 million in total individual assistance grants has been approved.

To find out more information on how to apply, please read the FEMA Disaster Assistance Resources on our website.

In addition, Colorado survivors who have registered with FEMA and received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) are urged to complete and return the application. Some types of FEMA aid are limited to applicants who did not qualify for a SBA disaster loan. Generally, SBA low-interest loans are the primary source of federal disaster assistance to help survivors fully recover. No one is required to accept a loan.

SBA has already approved more than $16 million in loans for Colorado homes and businesses. The deadline to return the SBA application is Nov. 14, the same as the deadline for registering with FEMA.

SBA assistance potentially includes:

  • Home Disaster Loans – Loans to eligible homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property. Renters are eligible for personal property losses, including automobiles
  • Business Disaster Loans – Loans to eligible businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size may apply. Certain private, nonprofit organizations may also be eligible
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations. The loans are intended to meet their ordinary financial obligations that cannot be met because of the disaster. The deadline for economic injury loan applications is June 16, 2014

To learn more, please read the full FEMA News Release dated October 12, 2013.

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