For Immediate Release - August 07, 2014

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES SBA ASSISTANCE FOR REVERE, SUFFOLK COUNTY

SBA Offers Assistance to Persons Impacted by July 28th Tornado

FRAMINGHAM, MA – In response to Governor Deval Patrick’s request, federal disaster aid in the form of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans will be made available to individuals, families and businesses impacted by of a strong EF-2 rated tornado which touched down in the cities of Chelsea and Revere in Suffolk County Massachusetts on Monday July 28, 2014.   The majority of the tornado damage occurred in the City of Revere severely impacting residential and commercial structures in the area of the central business district.  More than thirteen (13) structures in this area were so severely impacted that they are currently uninhabitable and some may require demolition

“The prompt approval from the SBA for this physical disaster declaration is another promising step toward helping the City of Revere and its residents rebuild their lives and their community,” said Governor Patrick.

Senator Markey and Senator Warren and the congressional delegation were of great assistance in this effort by sending a letter of support encouraging SBA to approve the declaration.

The SBA will provide long term, low interest loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.  Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  These SBA loans will provide an important source of financing for uninsured or under-insured residents.

Types of loans that will be available:

•       Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles. (Limited to a maximum of $200,000 for the repair/replacement of real estate, and $40,000 to repair/replace personal property).

•       Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible. (Limited to $2,000,000 for repair/replacement of real estate, inventories, machinery, equipment, etc.).

•        Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. (Limited to $2,000,000 for economic injury caused by the disaster). EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration

In coordination with the City of Revere, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) conducted a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) in the aftermath of the tornado and determined that the damage exceeds the Small Business Administration criteria for a disaster declaration; damage to a minimum of 25 homes and businesses resulting in uninsured losses of 40 percent or more of the estimated fair market value of the damaged property.

The SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the SBA Disaster Outreach Center from Friday, August 8, 2014 through, Tuesday, August 19, 2014, to issue loan applications, answer questions about the loan program, explain the application process and help individuals complete their application.

The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be located at:

          St. Jean’s Credit Union

          184 Shirley Avenue

          Revere, MA 02151

                                   

Hours:  Opening: Friday, August 8 from 9:00am to 6:00pm

            Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm

            Closed Sundays

            Open weekdays from 9am to 6pm

            Closing: Tuesday August 19 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

                    

Those unable to visit the Center in person may obtain SBA information and loan applications by calling (880) 659-2955 (TTY for hearing impaired individuals at (800) 877-8339). (Mon.-Fri 8:00am to 6:00pm), email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

 

Mailing Address:

            SBA – Disaster Assistance

            Processing & Disbursement Center

            14925 Kingsport Road

            Fort Worth Texas 76155

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 6, 2014.

The filing deadline to return applications for economic injury is May 6, 2015. 

 

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA and Facebook at  www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA. Also, sign up for Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.