FEMA and SBA
FEMA and SBA
Important--and timely--information relative to taxes for those living or doing business in the affected areas:
One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center - West today reminded Louisiana small, nonfarm businesses in Bienville, Caldwell, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Natchitoches and Winn parishes of the June 14, 2016, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in Winn Parish that began Oct. 6, 2015.
According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. “EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact,” said Garfield.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Garfield added.
The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing email@example.com. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Important Meeting on the Long Term Recovery for Flooding Victims
Come learn how you can support your friends and neighbors!
The United Way of Northwest Louisiana working with the CELA VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is working to establish a Long Term Recovery Network to address the needs of those living in Natchitoches, Sabine and Winn parishes still recovering from the this year's floods.
On Tuesday, May 17th at 10:30am, we will be hosting a informational meeting at the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's office, trying to gather as many individuals as possible (government agencies, nonprofits, churches, service clubs, etc.) to learn from FEMA how to begin the process.
We hope you will do your very best to attend this very important meeting and if you can't make it, please send someone to represent your organization.
Also, please help us share the word about this meeting and share this information with any organization in your parish that may be interested in learning more about how they can help.
For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lynn Stevens at the United Way office at 318-677-2504 x132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Flood Resources
Have you been impacted by the flood? Did you have any type of damage to your home or personal property? Do you have employees that have had to relocate and are still cleaning up from the flood?
The Disaster Relief Center is now open for Natchitoches Parish located at 726 Third Street. This Resource Center is a one-stop shop for flood victims. Individuals from FEMA and SBA are on hand to help answer questions, provide resources and help individuals get signed up for benefits. Additionally, emergency food, water and clean up supplies are also available to those who visit the center. Hours of operation are 8am to 6pm daily.
A Flood Relief Fund has been established by the United Way of Northwest Louisiana to help with longtime recovery efforts in Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Winn parishes. Additionally, food, personal items and toiletries, cleaning supplies and box fans are needed and can be dropped off to Grand Ecore Road Church of Christ, 1509 Washington Street, Natchitoches.
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
The private sector, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), and the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC) work in collaboration to provide situational awareness, coordination and resource support to the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to ensure economic stability and enhance local resilience against emergency and disaster events using a technology platform. The LA BEOC works with businesses to improve emergency and disaster response and recovery through:
¨ Communications with business & industry before, during and after disaster events
¨ Resource needs, availability and deployment decision making
¨ Self-sufficiency by increasing the use of Louisiana businesses in meeting emergency and/or disaster-related needs, reducing Louisiana's reliance on FEMA and other Federal and out-of-State assistance providers
¨ Click here to register your organization today
Disaster Go Kit In An App
The 2016 hurricane season is upon us! Louisiana residents and business owners are encouraged to download the recently updated FEMA App to mitigate damages such as those sustained during the recent severe storms and flooding. The App is a comprehensive resource of tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after emergencies. Get safety tips on what to do when disaster strikes, receive alerts from the National Weather Service, customize your emergency checklist, submit disaster related photos, and locate open shelters. Below are details on key app features as well as links to promotional materials.
App features include:
· Weather Alerts: Users can sign up for National Weather Service alerts for up to five different U.S. locations to stay updated on severe weather forecasts impacting family and friends.
· Preparedness Information: Users can receive tips to survive natural disasters and customize their emergency checklist.
· Safety Reminders: The app’s newest feature enables users to set reminders that will alert them when it’s time to change smoke alarm batteries, replenish emergency supplies kits, and practice their family’s emergency communications plan.
Disaster Resources: If a disaster occurs, users can search for shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers in their area.
· FEMA Mobile App infographic
· FEMA Mobile App webpage
o Animation Promoting Weather Alerts for Families (YouTube)
o Step-by-Step Screenshots of Weather Alerts: Safety Tips (YouTube)
o Step-by-Step Screenshots of Weather Alerts: 5 Locations (YouTube)
o Animation Promoting Weather Alerts for Travelers (YouTube)
Caddo, Rapides and St. Tammany Parish Disaster Survivors Can Get Rebuilding Tips at a Local Home Improvement Center
Disaster survivors from Caddo, Rapides and St. Tammany Parish who are rebuilding after the severe storms and floods that occurred March 8 through April 8 can receive free consultations with hazard mitigation advisors from FEMA. The mitigation representatives are available at Home Depot in Slidell, and Lowe’s in Alexandria and Shreveport Monday, May 23 through Saturday, May 28.
The mitigation advisors will answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster-related damage, as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.
Recovery topics to be covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.
The store locations are:
Lowe’s Home Depot Lowe’s
7301 Youree Drive 143 N Shore Blvd. 3201 Industrial St.
Shreveport, La. Slidell, La. Alexandria, La.
Advisors are available Monday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Four Remaining Disaster Recovery Centers
Louisiana Disaster Recovery Centers will be closed Memorial Day weekend, from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30. Centers will reopen Tuesday, May 31 at 8 a.m.
Residents can still register for disaster assistance or ask questions by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Residents can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov/disaster/4263. Registration ends on Monday, June 13. Cuando llame al 800-621-3362 (FEMA) marque el 1 y escuche las instrucciones en español. Favor llamar antes del lunes 13 de junio.
Ground Floor of Independence Stadium
3301 Pershing Boulevard
Shreveport, LA 71109
Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
Parish Planning Commission Building
42271 South Morrison Blvd.
Hammond, LA 70403
Parish Courthouse Annex
(former Regions Bank building)
401 Main Street
Minden, LA 71055
You can find additional information on available federal assistance below:
• Federal Assistance for Individuals and Families Impacted by Historic Flooding
• Federal Assistance for Small Businesses Impacted by Historic Flooding
• Online Resources for Survivors of Historic Louisiana Flooding