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FEMA, SBA available to answer questions in Diamond

Those Diamond and Coal City residents and businesses affected by the Nov. 17 tornado can meet with disaster assistance specialists this week.

Staff members from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration will be on hand at Diamond Village Hall, 1750 Main Street, all this week. The specialists will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.

Survivors can get questions answered about available federal disaster assistance programs, help with registration for assistance, and learn about other programs available from the Small Business Administration, state and local agencies and voluntary organizations. Residents must apply with FEMA even if they have already provided damage information to other agencies.

Individuals can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362.

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to work together to build, sustain, and improve the nation’s capability to prepare for and respond to all hazards.

SBA is the federal government’s source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses and organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts. For information about SBA call 800-659-2955.

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