Time short for southern Illinois disaster assistance applications

(KFVS) - Time is running out for those in southern Illinois needing disaster assistance.

Friday, July 15 is the last day local governments and non-profits can apply for help from FEMA.

Meantime, private citizens have to apply for help by August 8.

So far, 37 home and business low-interest disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $2,303,600 for affected survivors, according to the US Small Business Administration.

For information about the SBA Disaster Loan Program, call the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing-impaired) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. Loan application forms can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.  Loan applications can be filled out online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

If the SBA is not able to approve a home loan, the individual may be referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for possible grant assistance.

FEMA encourages people to register no matter how bad they think their personal damage might be.

So far FEMA has helped with more than $11.6 million in assistance for 15 counties in southern Illinois.

To file your report of damage by August 8 you can log on to www.disasterassistance.gov or call the toll free number 1-800-621-FEMA.

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