Governor Robert Bentley said during an interview on WSFA 12 News' 11:00am program Alabama Live! that he'd requested an extended deadline from FEMA for Alabamians to register for Federal Disaster Assistance.
Late in the day the Governor' office confirmed that FEMA agreed to the extension. The new registration deadline has been set at July 18, 2011 - a 21 day extension.
"I want survivors to understand the importance of registering with FEMA and filling out all necessary paperwork, including the SBA loan applications, which is not just for business owners, but also can assist homeowners and renters as well," said Governor Bentley. "Not returning an SBA application closes the door for other federal assistance opportunities."
The U.S. Small Business Administration's loan application deadline is also being extended. It will also stretch until July 18.