CLINTON, Miss. – Disaster assistance applicants who received a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan application should fill it out – even if they do not want a loan. A completed loan application is the gateway to determining the type of assistance for which a homeowner or renter may be eligible.

The SBA provides low-interest loans to help cover the cost of repairing or replacing lost or damaged structures and personal property.

Filling out the loan application does not mean an applicant will be approved for a loan, nor does it mean they must accept a loan if they are approved. Insurance does not have to be settled before submitting a completed SBA application. If the applicant is denied a loan, they will be further considered for additional Federal Emergency Management Agency programs for individuals and households.

For more information on SBA Disaster Assistance, call the Customer Service Center at

800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT or by sending an email to

Those affected by this disaster may fill out a loan application online by visiting SBA’s secure website at

Disaster survivors who have not yet registered with FEMA can apply for assistance online at or by calling, 800-621-FEMA (3362), seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. CDT. Those with speech or hearing impairments may call

TTY 800-462-7585.

For more information, contact the State Emergency Joint Information Center at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or visit us online at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook using the keyword MSEMA.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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