Published On: Sun, Jun 10th, 2018

Reminder from FEMA: Two Disaster Assistance deadlines are coming up

·       Monday, June 11th  is the last day for small businesses and private non-profit agencies who are struggling financially because of Hurricane Irma to apply for working capital loans to help them pay ordinary and necessary expenses. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses and private non-profits which had losses due to Irma from Sept. 4, 2017 through Oct. 18, 2017.

For information, go to or apply online at You may also call the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.

 ·       And, Friday Jan. 15th is the deadline to contact the free disaster legal services hotline. Hurricane Irma survivors who need legal assistance but cannot afford an attorney have one more week to contact a toll-free hotline and request help. Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should call 866-550-2929 before June 15, 2018, to receive a referral for legal advice.

 Survivors can call the hotline at any time. Callers will be asked to leave a message that includes their name, phone number, email address, county where they live and a brief description of their legal issue. After a message is received, a Florida-licensed attorney will contact callers within two business days to discuss their needs. The hotline has information in English and Spanish.

Attorneys can answer questions about:

§  Disaster assistance from FEMA and other federal and state agencies

§  Landlord/tenant or foreclosure issues

§  Replacing wills and other legal documents lost in the disaster

§  Home repair contracts and contractors

§  Filing life, medical and property insurance claims

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