Friday, May 21, 2010

FEMA: Hazard Mitigation and SBA

FEMA is set up at Vol State in the carpeted dining room of the Wood Campus Center from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Many stations are set up to aid flood victims in various ways, and The Small Business Administration (SBA) is working with FEMA.

“FEMA deals with emergency needs up front. SBA is a long term recovery operation. We loan money,” said Gregory A. Boyt, Disaster Recourse Specialist.

“We can do a number of different types of loans for homeowners and renters. We can loan up to 200,000 dollars for a home repair, and 40,000 dollars for personal property,” said Boyt.

Boyt said that loans are subject to credit approval. “If our people in loan processing deny them a loan, they get thrown back into FEMA’s system. Our filing deadline is July 6,” he added.

FEMA also has hazard mitigation assistance. “We try to reduce the loss of life and property for future disasters. We make sure black mold growth doesn’t transpire,” said Arsenio Escudero.

“We give information on contractors to make sure the victims don’t get swindled. We take information down as to what happened. We show them (the victims) the different tips for cleaning up and sometimes it is more cost efficient that way,” said Escudero.

Escudero also said that they give information about different governmental programs that can possibly help.

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