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Noxubee, Other Counties Eligible for Assistance

JACKSON — The U.S. Small Business Administration approves disaster assistance to residents and businesses in several Mississippi Counties affected by the severe weather and tornadoes.

“Many families and businesses were impacted by these storms and tornadoes,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “This will help residents, who qualify for assistance, rebuild and recover, and I thank Administrator Mills for making these resources available.”

The declaration covers Noxubee County and the adjacent counties of Kemper, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Winston.

Applicants will be able to apply in person at a Disaster Loan Outreach Center as soon as it is established, or they can apply online right now at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, by calling 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard-of-hearing) or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the 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 June 17, 2013. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Jan. 21, 2014.

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Loans to businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations will be available to repair damage to real estate, machinery, equipment and inventory.

According to the SBA, interest rates are as low as 1.750 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.875 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

For more information or questions, contact MEMA External Affairs or visit www.msema.org. For details about SBA visit www.sba.gov/disaster.