Limestone’s FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Transitions To SBA Disaster Loan Center

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CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) – FEMA is scaling back operations at its Limestone County Disaster Recovery Office. In fact, as of today, it’s primarily a facility for assisting tornado victims who need help with a Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loan.

FEMA is scaling back operations today at their Disaster Recovery Center near Athens with the deadline for victims of the April 28th storms to apply for federal disaster assistance rapidly approaching.

“Beginning today, this facility which had been a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center,” according toe FEMA spokesperson Nate Custer.

Custer tells us it doesn’t mean the FEMA team is going away just yet. Two FEMA representatives will remain on-site to answer questions and assist tornado victims with their claims. The Small Business Administration is making low interest loans available to the storm victims to help repair or replace what insurance didn’t cover.

“The loan application doesn’t obligate them to take a loan, it keeps their options open. And if they find their insurance may come up short, they’ll have a loan perhaps to fall back on,” Custer said.

SBA officials insisted we not photograph their work area, but they’re located in the same building on Ripley Road where FEMA has been helping storm victims. The deadline to apply for assistance is July 1.

Some 277 families in Limestone County signed up for FEMA assistance after the April 28th tornados. Well over $800,000 in housing assistance has been provided, and another $430,000 was made available to individuals.