One week left to register with FEMA and apply for SBA disaster loans

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, is the last day that wildfire survivors in Calaveras and Lake counties can register to receive housing or other needs assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and apply for disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

It will be day 60 since President Obama declared the massive wildfires in the two counties to be major disasters, which enabled FEMA to provide federal recovery grants to qualified registered applicants. The declaration also enabled the SBA to offer low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters for physical damage, personal property losses and economic injury.

Monday, Nov. 23 is also the last day to visit the three open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).

In-person registration is available at any of the three DRCs.

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Monday, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The DRC locations are:

Calaveras County: The Calaveras County Disaster Recovery Center in San Andreas
891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

Lake County: The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake
14860 Olympic Dr., Clearlake, CA 95422

The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown
21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461

To further meet the needs of wildfire survivors, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, the San Andreas site in Calaveras County and the Middletown facility in Lake County will open an hour later, at 9 a.m., and transition to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs). Hours will be Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Clearlake Disaster Recovery Center will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23.

The DLOCs will be closed from Thanksgiving Day through the weekend, re-opening on Monday, Nov. 30.

At the DLOCs, disaster loan applicants will be able to meet with SBA representatives to finalize applications started before the Nov. 23 deadline. The two SBA DLOCs will be open until further notice.

Applying for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is part of federal disaster assistance. Many people who apply to FEMA are automatically referred to the SBA for a low-interest disaster assistance loan. Survivors should complete SBA loan applications so they can be considered for all available disaster assistance.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is also available to small businesses that did not suffer physical losses, with an application deadline open until June 22, 2016.

As of Monday, FEMA has approved nearly $10.7 million to help individuals and households recover; more than $7 million for housing and nearly $3.7 million for other needs assistance.

The SBA has approved nearly $14.4 million in low-interest disaster recovery loans, nearly $1.8 million to businesses and private nonprofit organizations and nearly $12.6 million to homeowners and renters.

Registration with FEMA – easily done by telephone, online or in-person – is required to become eligible for housing or other needs assistance.

Survivors can register for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. After online and telephone registration ends at midnight Monday, Nov. 23, the same contact numbers can be used to ask FEMA about pending applications or other issues.

A direct telephone hotline is operational to process any requests from survivors who may need additional assistance: 916-381-0330, for TTY, call 711.

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