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Disasters can wipe out a small business in seconds. To help protect small business owners, SBA&rsquo;s Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA) provides affordable, timely and accessible financial assistance to homeowners, renters, and businesses. These SBA low-interest, long-term loans are the primary form of federal assistance for the repair and rebuilding of non-farm, private sector disaster losses. To read more about how SBA can help with a loan after disaster strikes, please see our information about <a href="http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-busi... loan types</a>. Additionally, SBA&#39;s disaster assistance program focuses on teaching small business owners how to be better prepared to handle disaster.&nbsp; Being prepared for an emergency is a crucial factor in determining how quickly and easily a business can bounce back if a disaster hits. The materials and resources we have provided <span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">on <a href="http://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-preparedness">emergency management</a> can help small businesses make plans to recover from financial losses and business interruption, and to protect their employees, the community, and the environment.</span></span></p>
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<span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">SBA&#39;s Office of Disaster Assistance also runs several <a href="http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-list/4">Disaster Field Offices</a></span></span> that are well equipped to help you after a disaster. These offices not only are great resources for general information on disaster loans and emergency preparedness, but they are also the best source for updated information on <span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">topics including open <a href="http://www.sba.gov/content/current-disaster-declarations">disaster declarations</a>, recovery center locations, and disaster loan application deadlines by region.&nbsp; To view the most current disaster press releases, click <a href="http://www.sba.gov/about-sba-services/7368">here.</a></span></span></p>

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