Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance extended

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Robert Bentley said during an interview on WSFA 12 News' 11:00am program Alabama Live! that he'd requested an extended deadline from FEMA for Alabamians to register for Federal Disaster Assistance.

Late in the day the Governor' office confirmed that FEMA agreed to the extension. The new registration deadline has been set at July 18, 2011 - a 21 day extension.

"I want survivors to understand the importance of registering with FEMA and filling out all necessary paperwork, including the SBA loan applications, which is not just for business owners, but also can assist homeowners and renters as well," said Governor Bentley. "Not returning an SBA application closes the door for other federal assistance opportunities."

The U.S. Small Business Administration's loan application deadline is also being extended. It will also stretch until July 18.

If a loan is not approved, survivors may be referred to other programs for grants that can assist the homeowner or renter in replacing essential household items, the governor's office said.

The extension will apply to all 43 counties declared for Individual Assistance.

Disaster survivors in the counties designated for Individual Assistance may apply online anytime at, or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities.

For SBA applications renters or homeowners may call SBA at 800-659-2955 or they can download the application from

INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor Bentley's Press Office

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