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Gov. Kay Ivey took a tour of the damage from Hurricane Sally on the gulf coast Friday September 18, 2020. Hal Yeager / Governor's Office

AL - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses, Residents Affected by Hurricane Sally

Businesses and residents in Alabama counties designated as disaster areas after Hurricane Sally can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Small Business Administration administrator Jovita Carranza issued a statement following the announcement of the presidential disaster declaration, which began Sept. 14.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing Alabama residents with the most effective response possible to assist businesses, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” Carranza said. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority.”

The disaster declaration covers Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties in Alabama, which are eligible for both physical and economic injury disaster loans from the SBA.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA economic injury disaster loans: Clarke, Connecuh, Covington, Monroe and Washington in Alabama.

Due to COVID-19, the SBA will not establish a field presence to assist survivors. The SBA, however, will continue to provide customer service and conduct outreach virtually with webinars, Skype calls, phone assistance and step-by-step application assistance.

The SBA has opened a virtual disaster loan outreach center/business recovery center to help survivors apply online using the electronic loan application via the SBA’s secure website at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov.

Virtual customer support representatives are available to help applicants complete the online application daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. E.T. at foce-help@sba.gov and 800-659-2955.

These services are only available for the Alabama disaster declaration as a result of Hurricane Sally beginning Sept. 14, 2020, and not for COVID-19 related assistance.

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