Today Congressman Long reminds constituents that the deadline to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is only a few days away.
"It is important for families and businesses who have faced disaster to know that there are helping hands out there," said Long. "Communities in Southwest Missouri have faced more than their fair share of Mother Nature's adversity and we need to make sure that our friends, neighbors, and businesses have the tools they need to pick themselves back up after being knocked down."
The deadline for all storm, flooding, and tornadoes that struck Missouri between April 19 and June 6, is Friday, July 29, 2011. This is also the deadline for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans applications.
Assistance may include FEMA grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest SBA disaster loans to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries, and other programs to help homeowners, renters, and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Registration may be completed online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA. Telephone registration is available from 7 AM to 10 PM.
For more information on SBA loans, contact the SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 1-800-659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA's website at www.sba.gov. Those in need of relief may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
In Congress, Long has championed the rebuilding of Joplin after the April tornado, voting to release $1 billion dollars to cover disaster relief costs. He has also cosponsored legislation that would provide tax relief to Missouri's tornado and flood victims.