FEMA deadline extended until Jan. 10


December, 11, 2008

The deadline for homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damages from Hurricane Ike to register for state and federal disaster assistance has been extended to Jan. 10.

The extension was granted at the request of the State of Texas and Gov. Rick Perry.

Possible assistance could include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repails and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also available for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real or personal property.

Texans who had damage or uninsured losses and have not yet registered can do so online or over the phone.

The numbers are 1 (800) 621-3362 and 1 (800) 426-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Both numbers are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

FEMA's Web site is www.fema.org