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Flood Victims Urged To Apply For SBA Disaster Assistance Before Deadline

September 22, 2017
Wetzel Chronicle

ATLANTA The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a disaster loan before the Oct. 17, 2017 deadline. Anyone in the declared counties in West Virginia with damages caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred on July 28-29, 2017 should apply for the disaster recovery loan program.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel in West Virginia, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Monongalia, Ohio, Taylor, Tyler and Upshur in West Virginia; Belmont and Monroe in Ohio; and Greene and Washington in Pennsylvania.

SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

Economic injury disaster loans are also available to provide disaster related working capital to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or on the FEMA mobile App. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may also call 800-621-3362. People who use TTY may call


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Oct. 17, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is May 18, 2018.

For more information about the SBA's Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at



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