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Deadline extended for federal earthquake assistance
The deadline for earthquake survivors in Louisa County to register for state and federal assistance has been extended to March 5.
The new deadline is for renters, homeowners and business owners in Louisa who suffered damages from the August 23 earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks. The financial assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses that aren’t covered by insurance or other sources.
The original deadline date had been Jan. 3.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $6.5 million for almost 3,500 applicants as of Dec. 18, according to agency spokesman Michael Skeels.
As of last Wednesday, 178 low-interest loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration were returned resulting in the approval of more than $1 million.
Although the Disaster Recovery Center in Louisa is temporarily closed, there is still help available during the holidays.
Louisa County residents and business owners can register for aid, get information about assistance programs and follow up on their applications by going online at disasterassistance.gov or calling 800/621-FEMA or 800/462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairments. Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Disaster Recovery Center will reopen Jan. 5 and is located at the Triangle Plaza, 502 E. Main St., Suite 6000 in Louisa. Hours are between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
“We request that if you have previously registered with FEMA to let them know of any changes you may have made since registering. This would include an address change or relocation,” said FEMA’s Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen. “If you do have changes please contact FEMA so we can update your registration information.”
Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register twice. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application, Keldsen said.