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Utah Earthquakes and Aftershocks 2020

The Disaster Legal Hotline is 1-800-662-4245.

 

On July 9, 2020, FEMA announced a major disaster declaration for Davis and Salt Lake Counties making federal funding available to individuals and businesses owners who sustained damage as a result of earthquake and aftershocks from March 18, 2020 through April 17, 2020. People who sustained property damage as a result of the disaster are urged to register with FEMA, as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance. People can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or Web-enabled device at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CT) seven days a week.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for eligible applicants. SBA helps businesses of all    sizes (including landlords), private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or damaged personal property. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries.

For more information, individuals may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website.  Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

 

People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:

  • Davis County
  • Salt Lake County

Only people in these counties can apply for FEMA benefits at this time. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for official updates. 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

FEMA Application Deadline September 7, 2020
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Letter  Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by the Earthquakes

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

  • Residents and businesses affected by the Utah Earthquakes and Aftershocks can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways.  Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.

  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply).

  • Another option is to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet.

  • SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.

  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's Updates Page

  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for eligible applicants. For more information, you may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.

Legal Assistance and Other Resources  

Low-income individuals facing legal issues as a result of DR-4548 may call 1-800-662-4245.

  • Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Utah lawyers who can provide free, limited legal help. Survivors should be aware that there are some limitations on disaster legal services. Please see the press release  for more information.
  • This hotline will operate during normal business hours, 9 :00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Callers can leave a voicemail outside of normal business hours. When connected to the hotline, callers should provide their name, phone number, brief details of the assistance needed and what county they live.

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