FEMA urges education, application in recovery process
Most people in areas affected by the tornadoes know about FEMA, but officials want people to know that you do not have to be a homeowner for federal assistance.
"Disaster assistance is for renters, homeowners, and business owners, so we urge everybody to apply," said FEMA Public Information Officer Mary Margaret Walker. Renters are eligible for assistance with temporary housing as well as assistance to replace items that were destroyed. SBA officials say the number one mistake people make is not applying for the loans, but they say if you do not apply all FEMA assistance stops there. Renters can borrow up to $40,000, and that's to replace goods lost to include automobiles, If your application for a loan is turned down, it is sent back to FEMA for additional grant consideration. Do not disqualify yourself by not applying, Officials encourage people to visit the disaster recovery center in their area for any additional questions.