Published on: Oct. 21, 2016
Post-Matthew Storm Recovery Assistance Available

Businesses in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties are eligible to apply for physical damage and economic injury loans through the Small Business Administration to repair damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The deadline for a physical damage loan is December 16, 2016, and the deadline for an economic injury loan is July 17, 2017. Applications can be completed online or sent by mail to the U.S. Small Business Administration Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

All applications must include a completed, signed, and dated IRS Form 4506-T, which gives the IRS permission to give SBA your tax return information. This form can be found here. Numbers assigned to this disaster are 149238 for physical damage and 149240 for economic injury.

Update: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today (October 26) the opening of a Business Recovery Center in the City of Savannah Entrepreneurial Center to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew on October 4-15, 2016. SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Centers in Chatham county can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA application.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center
801 East Gwinnett Street
Savannah, GA 31404

Open:       Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Closed:     Sundays

The SBA offers low-interest, long-terms disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for assistance, survivors need to apply by the deadline. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is December 16, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 17, 2017.

Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 (800.877.8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Loan applications can be downloaded from  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at



Additionally, recovery resources are available for both residents and businesses via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after urging by Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01).

Residents in Chatham County who suffered loss or damage from Hurricane Matthew can register for individual assistance at or call 1.800.621.3362.

Additional counties and declarations are expected in the coming days. For more information on resources available to those affected by Hurricane Matthew, visit or call Congressman Carter’s office in Savannah at 912.352.0101.



The United Way of the Coastal Empire is also offering assistance and resources for those affected by the storm via its 2-1-1 service. Residents can call 2-1-1  to connect with direct services and request for immediate needs. 2-1-1 is also available online.

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