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FEMA, SBA Encouraging Affected Residents To Get Apps In
Updated May 5, 2013 1:00 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(UNDATED) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration are encouraging Hoosiers in federally declared disaster counties, including Lawrence, to get registered with FEMA and the SBA to help get damages covered from this month's flooding.

FEMA representative Sam Ventura tells WBIW News that victims should not wait to call their hotline at (800) 621-3362 to get their ball rolling.

"Don't prejudge your damage," Ventura says. "Don't worry that you think you only have a little bit of damage but you have neighbors or friends in other counties or other places damage. That's not the way it works." Ventura continues, "There's no budget set for any of these, if you qualify, you'll receive your money."

Michael Peacock with the SBA also says more than $1.5 million in low interest loans are available to each affected business owner and around $40,000 each is available to home and apartment renters to replace property as well.

"What we're trying to do is process within 21 days of receipt," Peacock advises. "Now, that's within 21 days, but we're going to try and make it a lot quicker than that. As long as we can get people to return their applications as soon as possible, then we can get those approvals in as soon as possible."

Once again, the number is (800) 621-3362 for flood and tornado victims in the listening area including Lawrence, Greene, Monroe, Brown, Jackson and Bartholomew Counties.



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