ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The deadline for Hurricane Ian victims to file for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loan ends at midnight.
Staffed in-person centers have been busy working down to the minute before the deadline to help applicants in need of assistance. Those applying do not need to have all their corresponding insurance details processed before seeking that FEMA help by 11:59 pm Thursday.
Some of the neighbors seeking help could include homeowners, renters, small business owners, and nonprofits.
“When there’s a disaster the SBA helps homeowners, renters, as well as businesses of all sizes and nonprofits,” the Office of Disaster Assistance’s Laurie Dana said.
“Homeowners … can borrow funds to make repairs to their primary residence and homeowners and renters can apply for disaster loans to replace the contents of their homes that was damaged by the hurricanes as well, and that includes automobiles, clothing, furniture, anything that was damaged,” she said.
FEMA is assuring people that its crews will still be on-hand in the field to continue recovery efforts, even after this application period ends.
The number to call for FEMA information is: 1-800-621-3362.