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Small Business Storm Assistance
Release Date: November 30, 2012

SBA would like to ensure that disaster survivors have ample time to take advantage of the assistance that has been made available for their recovery.  SBA desires for as many people as possible to take advantage of the SBA disaster loan program.  The deadline for physical damage is December 31, 2012
 
SBA wants to make sure that businesses are aware of the Economic Injury Disaster Loans that are currently available for those businesses located in one of the declared counties or in one of the counties adjacent to a declared county.   
 
The deadline to complete and return the SBA application for economic injury is July 31, 2013.   Economic injury disaster loans do not require physical damage and are available to businesses, including small enterprises engaged in aquaculture.  Economic Injury Loans do not require physical damage and are available to assist with business interruptions arising from Hurricane Sandy.  The loans provide working capital during this recovery period.  These loans may be used to meet monthly expenses and obligations to help businesses survive and continue to thrive during the disaster recovery process. 
 
Survivors should first register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-621-FEMA.   People affected by Hurricane Sandy can register or get help online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or they may visit any disaster recovery center.
 
There is currently a disaster recovery center at the Westchester County Center at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY 10606. 
 
Staff is available at the centers to answer questions or assist with completing an SBA disaster loan application.  Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications 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.

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