Statement by SBA Administrator Guzman on Hurricane Ian

Washington, Sept. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzmanhead of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice of America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, issued the following statement on Hurricane Ian:

“The SBA, in close coordination with FEMA and our state and local partners, is continuously monitoring Hurricane Ian for its impact on the people of Florida and South Carolina. As the extent of Ian’s damage is being assessed, our hearts go out to the affected families and first responders who continue to support them and lead the rescue efforts. And, our hearts are those who have lost loved ones and await news of their family members.

“Following the swift action of President Biden and the approval of a major disaster declaration, SBA disaster relief efforts have been launched in conjunction with FEMA. Federal funding is now available for those affected in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Seminole counties Anticipating the potential impact caused by Hurricane Ian in South Carolina and in other states, the SBA has already mobilized and pre-positioned disaster assistance personnel and equipment in advance to ensure we are ready to leverage the full capacity of our disaster programs. financial assistance and our disaster personnel in affected areas.Our goal remains to support affected communities and small business owners with disaster assistance as quickly as possible.

“My team and I will continue to actively coordinate and work with FEMA and other emergency response officials to provide whatever assistance we can as Hurricane Ian sweeps along the East Coast.

“Residents and business owners who have suffered losses in designated areas can begin to seek assistance from www.DisasterAssistance.govby calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or using FEMA App. Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, may give FEMA the number for that service.


About the United States Small Business Administration

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