One-Stop Shop Assistance Center

Those who have been impacted by Isaac are urged to register with FEMA and stop by the Disaster Recovery Center in Quitman to get all of their questions answered.

The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Sunflower Shopping Center, is not just for Clarke County residents but anyone in the state who needs assistance.

Registering with FEMA not only opens up federal grants, which do not have to be repaid, but also assistance from other agencies.

Ted Stuckey, public information officer with FEMA tells us, "The FEMA registration is a gateway to really all the assistance available. FEMA, Small Business Administration, there's state agencies that can provide assistance, and also charitable agencies that provide assistance that also look at that registration number, so consider that a gateway to recovery assistance."

Even if you don't think you qualify, registering for FEMA assistance is the only way to truly determine if you can receive assistance or not.

"Federal assistance is available to homeowners as well as renters and also those who have insurance. What we don't want people to do is disqualify themselves. We want them to go ahead and go through the process and let the specialists look at their individual needs and and really determine their eligibility from there," says Stuckey.

Stuckey tells us many insurance companies will not cover losses where federal assistance is available. Whether or not qualify for a grant, you could also qualify for a loan from the Small Business Administration.

Greg Dawson, public affairs specialist with the Small Business Administration, describes the loans available. "We make low interest loans to homeowners, to renters, as well as to businesses. Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000; renters can borrow up to $40,000 to include personal property as well as automobiles, and businesses and non-profits can borrow up to $2 million."

To register for FEMA disaster assistance, you can call toll-free 800-621-3362 or click on the link to the website at the bottom of this article.