FEMA Deadlines Fast Approaching For Hurricane Sally Damage


Residents of Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties, with uninsured damage or losses from Hurricane Sally, have only two days left to apply to FEMA for federal disaster assistance grants. The deadline is Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

Panhandle residents who have uninsured losses resulting from Hurricane Sally have until Dec. 1, 2020 to register with FEMA for assistance.

See FEMA news releases below for Alabama and for Florida residents, if you need assistance--

News Release

Two Days Remain to Register with FEMA, Apply for Federal Assistance

Montgomery, Ala. – Residents of Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties, with uninsured damage or losses from Hurricane Sally occurring September 14 – 16, 2020, have only two days left to apply to FEMA for federal disaster assistance grants.

The deadline is Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

FEMA registration is quick and easy. There are three ways to register:

  • Online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
  • Call the FEMA Help Line at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Toll free lines are open 6 a.m. to midnight, Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • Use FEMA’s disaster app on your smartphone. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, please visit www.fema.gov/mobile-app

FEMA disaster assistance grants may help eligible homeowners pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable. Grants may also provide homeowners and renters temporary rental assistance and aid with disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. The only way to apply for federal assistance is to register with FEMA.

FEMA grants do not need to be repaid, are not considered taxable income by the IRS, and will not affect Medicare, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Social Security benefits.

Alabama survivors with unmet needs resulting from Hurricane Sally can dial2-1-1for assistance.

The deadline for applying for a long-term, low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Nov. 19.

SBA provides help to survivors in the form of low-interest disaster loans. You may borrow up to $200,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace your primary home to its pre-hurricane condition. The loan can be increased by 20% of the damages for mitigation measures, i.e., elevation, hurricane shutters, installation of a seawall or a safe room.

Homeowners and renters may be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, such as clothing, furniture, appliances and cars.

SBA’s disaster loans are also available for businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for physical losses. This includes rental properties. Small businesses and most nonprofits may be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital loans. The maximum loan amount is $2,000,000. Interest rates are as low as 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.

You can apply for an SBA disaster loan online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. You can mail your application to SBA: Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76155. Or, you can call the SBA Customer Service Center number at800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).

For more information on Alabama’s recovery from Hurricane Sally, visithttps://www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

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FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

News Release

Two Weeks Remain to Apply for FEMA Assistance for Hurricane Sally in Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla.– Panhandle residents who have uninsured losses resulting from Hurricane Sally have until Dec. 1, 2020 to register with FEMA for assistance.

Survivors in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties can register with FEMA in several ways:

  • By visitingDisasterAssistance.gov
  • Downloading the FEMA App for smartphones
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY).Multilingual operators are available. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.

Dec. 1, 2020 also is the deadline for homeowners and renters, businesses of all sizes, and nonprofit organizations to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans for physical property damage. The deadline for working capital applications for small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations is July 2, 2021.

For additional information about SBA disaster loans, the loan application process, or for help completing the SBA application, visit SBA’s secure website athttps://DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email FOCE-Help@sba.gov to make an appointment for assistance over the phone. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.

For in-person assistance with an SBA disaster loan, visit the Business Recovery Centers, open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., at East Pensacola Heights Clubhouse, 3208 E. Gonzalez St., Pensacola, FL 32503; or Bridgeway Center, Building C, 205 Shell Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

For more information about Hurricane Sally recovery in Florida, visit the FEMA disaster webpage at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4564 or the Florida Division of Emergency Management webpage at https://www.floridadisaster.org/info/.

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FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Hurricane Sally Makes Landfall On Gulf Coast

Hurricane Sally Makes Landfall On Gulf Coast

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