ATLANTA – The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents in Florida affected by Tropical Storm Debby.
“Currently, 33 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $1,368,700 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives.
I encourage anyone who has not completed their disaster loan application to do so and return it as quickly as possible.”
The disaster declaration covers the counties of Baker, Bradford, Clay, Citrus, Columbia, Duval, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Manatee, Nassau, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and Wakulla in Florida, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Charlotte, Desoto, Dixie, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Jefferson, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Saint Johns and Sumter in Florida; Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware in Georgia.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and register.
Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to return SBA applications for physical property damage is Sept. 4, 2012. The deadline to return applications for economic injury is April 3, 2013.
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For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Programs, visit our website at www.sba.gov.