SBA approves more than $1 million disaster loans in Georgia

Published 6:09 pm Friday, February 17, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1 million in low-interest disaster loans for businesses and residents in Georgia affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding on Jan. 2 and Jan. 21-22.

“Currently, 25 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $1,106,200.00 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not submitted an SBA disaster loan application to do so before the deadline.”

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SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.125 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

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 (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or 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 March 27, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications for the Jan. 2 disaster is Oct. 25, 2017; the deadline to return economic injury applications for the Jan. 21-22 disaster is Oct. 26, 2017.