FEMA Registration Deadline Extended for Disaster Survivors in Colorado
DENVER – At the request of the state of Colorado, FEMA has approved an extension for storm and flooding survivors to register for federal disaster assistance.
The new registration deadline is November 30, 2013, which is also the new deadline to complete and return low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications.
Survivors who register may be eligible for federal grants to help cover various disaster-related expenses, including rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
The extension is for all 11 Colorado counties designated for federal Individual Assistance: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan and Weld.
People living in these counties who sustained losses due to storms and flooding should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. Applying by the deadline may help survivors avoid a funding shortfall if they later find that they are underinsured or have additional damages.
Under the SBA disaster loan program, homeowners may be eligible for as much as $200,000 in loans to repair or replace their storm-damaged primary residence. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for as much as $40,000 for replacement of personal property. Businesses and private nonprofits may be eligible to borrow as much as $2 million to repair or replace storm-damaged property.
Register with FEMA by phone, 800-621-3362, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., MST, seven days a week. Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call
Register online at: DisasterAssistance.gov. Register by Web-enabled device, tablet or smartphone: type m.fema.gov in the browser.
Udall Urges Coloradans to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance Before Fast-Approaching Nov. 14 Deadline'Flood Victims Need to Register for FEMA Assistance Now Before Time Runs Out'
Mark Udall, who has fought to ensure Coloradans have the federal resources they need to recover from last month's devastating flooding, urged flood victims to register for FEMA disaster assistance before the Nov. 14, 2013 deadline — which is one month away. FEMA registration is the first step for survivors of the flooding, landslides and mudslides in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld counties. FEMA assistance can provide money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
"Even though the flood waters have receded from Colorado, families are still suffering the effects of August's biblical rains. We will recover and Colorado will rebuild, but flood victims need to register for FEMA assistance before time runs out," Udall said. "In the meantime, I will keep fighting to secure every federal resource possible for Colorado communities and flood victims."
Coloradans can register with FEMA:
By phone by calling 1-800-621-3362;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov; or,
Via a tablet or smartphone through m.fema.gov.
Once they register with FEMA, Coloradans may be eligible for Small Business Administration assistance, including low-interest home-disaster loans and business-disaster loans. Survivors must submit the Small Business Administration application for home and business loans by Nov. 14, 2013. Coloradans have until June 16, 2014 to apply for economic-injury disaster loans, which help businesses and nonprofits confront ordinary financial obligations that could not meet due to the disaster.
Coloradans who are denied FEMA assistance should remain diligent and read determination letters carefully as they may be eligible for appeal of denials or pre-approved amounts of assistance. Those seeking aid have 60 days after the letter was issued to file an appeal, which can be done at a Disaster Recovery Center.
Udall has worked since the flooding began to ensure Colorado communities and agencies have every federal resource they need to save lives, protect homes and start the recovery process. He championed legislation to remove a cap on the amount of emergency transportation funds Colorado can access to repair the state's battered roads, bridges and highways in the wake of the recent flooding. He also has addressed the nation from the U.S. Senate floor to highlight the challenges Colorado has faced since the flood.