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aid available to homeowners and businesses may be supplemented through low interest loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Under the SBA loans, eligible renters and homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 at interest rates as low as 2.6 percent for periods up to 30 years, Jose Vejarano, a public affairs specialist for the SBA, added.


According to information


released by FEMA on June 16, a homeowner or renter could qualify for emergency funding for repairs to a home, limited cash assistance for emergency items for clothing, food and toiletries and rent for up to 18 months of temporary housing.


Russo said that once


registered, a FEMA inspector would come to the home or business. Within seven to 10 days after that meeting, survivors should receive a check for the federal assistance. If a victim has been referred to the SBA for a disaster loan, he or she will be contacted with further details. Russo said the agency has had to respond to 43 disasters so far this year in 27 field offices. FEMA will stay in the


affected communities as long as it takes to service home and business owners, Russo said. “We’re a long way from completing this mission,” he explained.


*** At the June 15 press event,


Sarno explained the city had used the disaster response plan officials had prepared for


hurricanes and blizzards. “It’s a miracle … that nobody


was killed,” the mayor said. He added that less than 40 Springfield residents suffered major injuries. Noting the example of the South End Community Center, which lost most of its roof, Sarno said there were 100 children attending programs at the time of the tornado, but no one was injured. Sarno told Reminder


Publications there would be two meetings next week, one for East Forest Park residents on June 23 and another for the South End and Maple High Six Corners neighborhoods on June 24 to answer questions and present more information. Additional details about the meetings were not available at press time.


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Nick Russo, assistant director of Federal Coordinating Officer Operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (left) and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno answer questions during the announcement the area has been declared a federal disaster area on June 15.


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