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Town Hall Meeting, Outreach Center Will Help Conshohocken Fire Victims Apply for Federal SBA Assistance, PA Governor Rendell Says

August 22, 2008

To: STATE EDITORS

Contact: Maria A. Finn of PEMA, +1-717-651-2009

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Governor Edward G. Rendell today said the U.S. Small Business Administration will open a disaster loan outreach center on Monday to help victims of the Aug. 13 fire at the Riverwalk at Millennium apartments in Conshohocken, Montgomery County.

“I made this request for emergency assistance less than a week ago. It’s great news to have this response from SBA and to have the outreach center set up so swiftly,” Governor Rendell said. Resources are now available for fire victims in Montgomery County so they can get their homes and lives back in order as soon as possible.”

The Governor said the center will be staffed by representatives from various agencies, including the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, county emergency management officials, SBA, the state’s insurance department, health department for vital records replacement, and the Department of Transportation – who will help with driver license and vehicle registration replacement.

Residents, business owners, and non-profits can obtain loan applications and more information at the disaster loan outreach center, which will be set up in the Montgomery County Fire Academy, 1175 Conshohocken Road. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Victims may also email the customer service center at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Business loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/ services/disasterassistance. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

In addition,SBA will conduct a town hall meeting for residents affected by the fire at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25, at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, 1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken.

Victims may now apply for disaster loans from SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

More information on disaster assistance in Pennsylvania is available at www.pema.state.pa.us; click on “Disaster Assistance and Updates” in the left-hand column.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses.To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visitwww.governor.state.pa.us.

CONTACT:Maria A. Finn, PEMA

717-651-2009

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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