U.S. Senator Scott Brown today released a user-friendly guide to help those affected by the June 1, 2011 tornadoes more effectively navigate opportunities for federal disaster relief. Brown urged more people to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) programs in advance of the upcoming August 15 deadline.
"Both the SBA and FEMA have resources available for those whose businesses, homes and lives were torn apart by the unprecedented destruction brought by the tornadoes," said Senator Brown. "It is my hope that more people will take advantage of these emergency aid programs and speed the process of rebuilding their lives and the businesses that are essential to the local economy."
Brown also expressed his sympathy for the motorcyclist who was killed yesterday in Hinsdale, the latest victim in a summer of violent storms.
"My heart goes out to this rider and all the other innocent victims of this summer's storms," said Brown.
FEMA opportunities include individual assistance to individuals and households, public assistance for state or local governments including debris removal and protective measures, and hazard mitigation grants for state or local governments.
SBA opportunities are available for small businesses, most private non-profit organizations, and homeowners. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to repair or replace damaged property for homeowners, and loans up to $2 million to repair or replace property, machinery or equipment, inventory, or other business assets are available for businesses.
Senator Brown is a member of the Small Business Committee in the U.S. Senate where he has focused on promoting small business opportunities.