MONTGOMERY, AL - FEMA granted Governor Robert Bentley's request to extend the deadline to register for Federal Disaster Assistance. Alabama residents impacted by the tornadoes in April will have more time to apply for disaster assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted Alabama's request for a 21 day extension for Individual Assistance. The new registration deadline is July 18, 2011.
"I want survivors to understand the importance of registering with FEMA and filling out all necessary paperwork, including the SBA loan applications, which is not just for business owners, but also can assist homeowners and renters as well," said Governor Bentley. "Not returning an SBA application closes the door for other federal assistance opportunities."
The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also been extended through July 18, 2010. While no one is required to take out an SBA loan, applications are a key part of the FEMA registration process, thus it is a must that they are returned. A loan denial may open up other assistance to eligible applicants.
If the loan is not approved, survivors may be referred to other programs for grants that can assist the homeowner or renter in replacing essential household items; it can also replace or repair damage vehicles or cover other serious disaster related needs.
"This three week extension provides Alabama Emergency Management Agency and FEMA additional opportunities to work with members of the community to encourage them to complete all necessary disaster documents," said Alabama EMA Director Art Faulkner.
This extension will apply to all 43 counties declared for Individual Assistance.
Disaster survivors in the counties designated for Individual Assistance may apply online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities.