FEMA Extends Disaster Registration Deadline to Feb. 15

Residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties who suffered damages from the Woolsey wildfire have 15 more days to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 is now the last day to register.


Homeowners, renters and small-business owners must sign-up by Feb. 15 to be considered for eligibility in any of several federal disaster assistance programs. Survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. Disaster assistance often provides benefits not covered by insurance.


The Feb. 15 deadline also applies to applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


FEMA's Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants referred to SBA must complete and submit an SBA loan application to be considered for additional forms of disaster assistance. Applicants who do not qualify for an SBA loan may be referred back to FEMA and may be eligible to receive Other Needs Assistance grants for these items.


Those impacted by the fires can register with FEMA online atwww.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multi-lingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (PST)


The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center's toll-free number is 800-659-2955. Help is also available by sending an e-mail todisastercustomerservice@sba.gov or by visiting www.sba.gov. Survivors may apply online at SBA's secure website:disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

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