Storm damage deadline approaching

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible businesses, homeowners, renters, and private nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania of the Jan. 10 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Aug. 31 through Sept. 5.

Businesses, homeowners, renters, and private nonprofit organizations in the Pennsylvania counties of Bedford, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York are eligible to apply for physical disaster loans and for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Economic Injury Disaster Loans only are available to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties: Adams, Berks, Blair, Cambria, Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, and Somerset in Pennsylvania; New Castle in Delaware; Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, and Harford in Maryland; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren in New Jersey.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website and should apply under SBA declaration # 17165, not for the COVID 19 incident.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Jan. 10, 2022. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 10, 2022.



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