Updated: 08/07/2012 - Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado residents and business owners affected by wildfires, subsequent flooding and mudslides in El Paso and Larimer Counties that began June 9, 2012 announced U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the denial on August 6 of the state’s request for a major disaster declaration. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the primary Colorado counties of El Paso and Larimer and the neighboring Colorado counties of Boulder, Crowley, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont, Grand, Jackson, Lincoln, Pueblo, Teller and Weld; and the neighboring Wyoming counties of Albany and Laramie. "Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Colorado District Director Greg Lopez. Beginning at 9 am on Wednesday, August 8, SBA representatives will be on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Lopez continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated until further notice. No appointment is necessary. EL PASO COUNTY SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center 6840 Centennial Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Opens 9 am, Wednesday, August 8 Mondays through Fridays Hours: 9 am to 6 pm Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Interest rates can be as low as 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting SBA’s Web site at the link below. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is October 9, 2012. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 7, 2013.
Posted: 08/06/2012 - A University of Colorado Colorado Springs professor wants to help survivors of the Waldo Canyon fire recover and use lessons learned to help future disaster victims. Lori James, associate professor, Department of Psychology, seeks up to 200 people to participate in a research study about difficulties they are experiencing in the wake of Colorado’s worst wildfire, June 23 to July 5. Those difficulties can include anxiety or depression that occurred as a result of loss of property or income, the stress of evacuations, or fears caused by news coverage of the fire. She is particularly interested in people who feel they are experiencing significant distress at this time. For more information, contact study personnel at 255-3709, or email@example.com. To participate immediately, please go directly to the survey website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/waldorecovery
Posted: 07/27/2012 - The Friends of Red Rock Canyon is sponsoring a Red Rock Canyon Fire Mitigation Day. When: Saturday, July 28th from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Where: Red Rock Canyon Open Space. What to Bring: Gloves,, water, snacks, sunscreen. Long pants are preferred; no sandals are open toe shoes. Lunch will be provided. Register At: firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: 719-306-4698 (Dave Dombach,coordinator)