Loan outreach centers open on Monday
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:03 pm
Adjusting to the needs of survivors of the spring flooding, two disaster recovery centers in West Tennessee will become disaster loan outreach centers operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration beginning Monday.
Managers at the Shelby and Madison County recovery centers said traffic has significantly slowed, which is an indication that the community’s information needs have mostly been met.
“The transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers is a positive step in the recovery,” said James Bassham, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. “We’re moving forward and looking at our needs for long-term rebuilding.”
The SBA generally is the largest single source of funds for long-term disaster recovery.
“SBA specialists at the outreach centers will help people apply for low-interest loans to rebuild and a FEMA representative will continue to be at the centers to assist the small number of people who still need personal help,” said Gracia Szczech, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer.
Information is always available on the web and by phone. Survivors can visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help is available in all languages. The deadline to register for federal assistance is Aug. 5.
Starting Monday, the following SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will be open in West Tennessee:
• Madison County — West Forest Family Medical Clinic, 779 West Forest Ave., Jackson, TN 38301, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Shelby County — Millington Civic Center (southwest entrance), 8077 Wilkinsville Road, Millington, TN 38353, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
At the height of the disaster recovery in mid-May, there were 49 Disaster Recovery Centers serving survivors who have made more than 20,000 visits to have recovery questions answered. At the DRCs, survivors could register for financial help from FEMA and the SBA and also get answers to recovery questions from flood insurance, mitigation and other experts.
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Published in The Messenger 7.15.10