Gov. Brownback requests small business administration declaration

Baxter Springs tornado damage (Courtesy Kansas Highway Patrol)
Baxter Springs tornado damage (Courtesy Kansas Highway Patrol)

TOPEKA, Kansas – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has requested a Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration for Cherokee County and adjacent counties after an EF2 tornado struck the town of Baxter Springs Sunday, April 27, destroying and damaging a number of homes and businesses.

Joint preliminary damage assessments by the state of Kansas, SBA and FEMA were conducted this week.

Based on those assessments, it has been determined the damages sustained will potentially qualify the community for SBA assistance.

“If the SBA assistance is approved, these low-interest long-term SBA loans will certainly help homeowners, renters and businesses as they work to rebuild,” Brownback said.

To qualify for SBA loans, the community must have a certain amount of structural loss and a portion of those properties must be uninsured. SBA’s disaster loans are the primary form of federal assistance for the repair and rebuilding of non-farm, private sector disaster losses. For this reason, the disaster loan program is the only form of SBA assistance not limited to small businesses.

The governor issued a state declaration of disaster following the tornado and storms Sunday night to activate the disaster response and recovery portions of the Kansas Response Plan.

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