Valencia County residents and business owners can now visit with FEMA and Small Business Administration specialists at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Jarales Community Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The Jarales Community Center, also known as the Don Jose Dolores Cordova Cultural Center, is located at 426 Jarales Road.
Residents can get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and find answers to questions about federal disaster assistance.
Recovery experts from the state and nonprofit organizations are typically available in a DRC to address additional needs. Residents can visit any DRC to get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and get questions answered about federal disaster assistance.
No appointments are necessary. If it is not possible to visit the DRC or to apply online, call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
All DRCs will be closed Monday, June 20, in observation of the Junteenth federal holiday, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. All centers will resume normal operation on Tuesday, June 21.
Getting disaster help from the Small Business Administration
- SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.
- Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair/replace disaster property damage.
- Small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations may also borrow to help meet disaster-caused working capital needs. The $2 million maximum applies to the combination of property damage and working capital loans.
- If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
- Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.
- Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.
What you need to do
- Register with FEMA at disasterassistance.gov. This is the fastest way to register for help.
- Homeowners and renters should submit an SBA disaster loan application, even if they are not sure if they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve an application, in most cases they will be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for possible additional assistance.
To apply to SBA
- Apply online using SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
- Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative.
For additional information or to find a location near you, visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, call SBA at 800-659-2955 or email [email protected].
For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.
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