Tornado recovery: FEMA, SBA extend deadline to apply for grants, loans

Published: Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 6:44 PM

Homes damaged by the Memorial Day tornado on Country View Lane in Clayton, two months after the twister struck. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Homes damaged by the Memorial Day tornado on Country View Lane in Clayton, two months after the twister struck. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended its deadline for survivors of the Memorial Day tornadoes to apply for disaster grants.

Anyone in the disaster-designated counties, including Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Mercer, Miami and Montgomery counties, may be eligible for a grant. The deadline to apply is Sept. 3.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also extended its deadline to Sept. 3 for applications for low-interest disaster loans to repair homes or businesses for those referred by FEMA.

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To register for FEMA, visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Phone lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice. Those interested also can use the FEMA disaster app on a smartphone.

For information about SBA loans, visit www.sba.gov/disaster, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Deaf or hard of hearing people may call 800-877-8339.