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SBA launches disaster assistance center in Georgia amidst severe flooding

Georgia – Following severe storms and flooding on April 2, people and companies in several Georgia counties can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). People and businesses in Dekalb, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Rockdale, and Walton counties are eligible to apply for these loans.

As of April 16, the SBA will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the Rockdale County Emergency Management Agency to help those in need of assistance. This center aims to help individuals and businesses fill out their loan applications for SBA disaster assistance.

Rockdale County and five nearby counties were named a disaster area, which means that people living in these counties are eligible to apply for the loans. This decision followed a request from the governor’s representative and Valarie Grooms, Deputy Director of Recovery at the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. As a result, affected individuals and businesses can seek loans for physical damages and economic injuries.

People who want to apply can do so online at https://lending.sba.gov/ using the SBA’s safe Electronic Loan Application (ELA). Those who need more help can email [email protected] or call 1-800-659-2955 to get in touch with SBA disaster aid customer service.

The DLOC will open for the first time on April 16 and will operate from noon to 6 p.m. It will then be open every day from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to two p.m. Officials confirmed the center will run until May 2 at 4 p.m. per the schedule with the exception being April 20 when the center will be closed.

The deadlines for submitting applications are June 11, 2024, for Physical Damage disaster loans and January 13, 2025, for Economic Injury disaster loans.

Aurelia Whitlock


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