Federal Aid for Utah Quake Hits $1 Million As FEMA Deadline Nears

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Two Weeks Left to Register

The deadline for Utah residents to register for federal disaster assistance for damage caused by the earthquake and aftershocks between March 18 and April 17 is Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Since the July 8 disaster declaration, more than $1 million in federal disaster assistance has been provided to eligible applicants in Salt Lake and Davis counties, including more than $350,000 in FEMA grant funding.

In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved disaster loans totaling more than $730,000 for businesses and residents. These low-interest loans may be used to repair or replace damaged and destroyed businesses and homes, personal property items and automobiles. Additional SBA applications are in the review process.

Utahans with disaster-related damage in designated counties can still register with FEMA until the deadline by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages.

If you require a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format of available information such as American Sign Language format, or audio format, please submit your request to: Region8AccommodationRequest@fema.dhs.gov.

Residents who need legal assistance for earthquake-related issues but cannot afford an attorney can call the Disaster Legal Services hotline toll-free at 800-662-4245. The line is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attorneys are not FEMA employees. Their services are confidential, and they do not share information with FEMA.

For more information on Utah’s recovery from the Magna Quake, visit, www.fema.gov/disaster/4548, or https://earthquakes.utah.gov/magna-quake/


FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA at SBA.gov/disaster.