Tulare County residents affected by the severe storms and flooding now have a new resource for disaster assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Farmersville.
The big picture: Tulare County’s new Disaster Recovery Center will allow those affected by the storms and flooding to meet with recovery specialists face-to-face to receive help for applying for FEMA assistance.
- Residents can follow up on their assistance applications with the recovery specialists.
- Recovery specialists can also provide information on any rental assistance available to those who have been affected, and they are able to assist with any documents dealing with a FEMA processing center.
Go deeper: Representatives from the U.S. (SBA) Business Administration (SBA) are also available for assistance at the Farmersville FEMA recovery center, as well as the center that it has already opened up in Visalia.
- Those representatives are able to provide program information and explain how to apply for the SBA’s low-interest disaster loans that are offered to homeowners, renters, business owners and private nonprofits.
- The Business Recovery Center also provides business counselors to provide assistance to clients that will help business owners re-establish their operations and overcome the effects of the disaster.
- Businesses and private nonprofits are able to borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other assets. The loans cover losses that are not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries.
Photo: Tulare County Sheriff’s Office