Miami, semana del 6 al 13 de Noviembre del 2005
LATINOAMERICA

AYUDA PARA LOS QUE HAN SUFRIDO DAÑOS DEL HURACAN WILMA
por Monica Puig


Las personas y empresas que hayan sufrido danos por el Huracan Wilma tienen ayuda de los organismos especializados del gobierno y de entidades caritativas y de servicio publico, que ofrecen varios Programas, como el pago del alquiler de su vivienda, la reparacion de sus casas no cubiertas por su seguro, la reparacion de sus artefactos electricos de su hogar o maquinarias y equipos de su trabajo y el pago de hasta 25 semanas de su trabajo si han perdido su empleo a causa del huracan, ademas de otras ayudas que se describen mas adelante.

Para mayor informacion pueden llamar al telef. de FEMA : 1-800-621-3362. Tambien indicamos los telefonos y direccion de las entidades a las que pueden recurrir para solicitar ayuda, asi como de los refugios disponibles.

LIFE AFTER WILMA

I pray this finds you well and that the worse loss you have suffered is that of electric power. This has been a year full of promise but also filled with challenges caused by all types of natural disasters. Those of us who have only been inconvenienced by Wilma should breath a sigh of relief and thank God that we are in a position to help others.

Due to the fact that many people are still without power after Wilma and will have to catch up with the week(s) lost of work, our Nov. 8th event at Gameworks has been postponed. We will inform you as soon as we have a new date. Please note that many other events have also been postponed or cancelled. For updates, you can visit our site www.latinbiz.net or just wait to receive these directly from us.

Please note that although our networking organization's mission is to promote businesses within the Latin community and unite Latinos in our business efforts, we are always here to assist our members in anyway we can. So please do not hesitate to email us info@latinbiz.net or phone as at 305.728.7021. Following is some information and links for assistance in the aftermath of Wilma.

For those who have been financially affected by hurricane Wilma, here's a summary of Aid Programs for personal and business recovery that FEMA has available. Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required :

* Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

* Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

* Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)

* Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)

* Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $1.5 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)

* Loans up to $1.5 million for small businesses that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $1.5 million. ( Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)

* Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency , U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)

* Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters. To apply for assistance call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

The speech or hearing impaired may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.

You may also register
for assistance online here .

In addition, you may find FEMA's
"Help After a Disaster: Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households
Program" helpful.

To find local shelters and other local relief information please visit:

Broward County Chapter , American Red Cross
http://www.arcbcc.org/
* To report hurricane related damages, and request Red Cross
assistance, please call the Red Cross national toll free support and
information hotline at 1-866-GET-INFO.

* To make a financial contribution, please call 1-800-HELP-NOW or
1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).

Broward Emergency Management Agency: 954-831-3900

http://www.broward.org/disaster

Miami-Dade County Chapter , American Red Cross

http://www.miamiredcross.org/
* To report hurricane related damages, and request Red Cross
assistance, please call the Red Cross national toll free support and
information hotline at 1-866-GET-INFO.

* To make a financial contribution, please call 1-800-HELP-NOW or
1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).

Miami-Dade County Emergency Management: 305-468-5900

http://www.miamidade.gov/oem/

Florida Division of Emergency Management: http://www.floridadisaster.org/

Florida Emergency Information Line : 1-800-342-3557 (active only in emergencies).

TTY: 1-800-226-4329

Updated information about Hurricane Wilma

For updated information about Florida relief efforts, please click here to visit the FEMA Florida Wilma page .

Report any price gouging

Florida Attorney Generals Office : 850-414-3600

For information on voluntary agencies and opportunities to donate

Volunteer Florida
http://www.volunteerflorida.org
Volunteer and Donations Hotline: 1-800-FL-HELP-1 (1-800-354-3571)

If we can be of any assistance, please contact us.

In Unity,

Monica Puig

President and Founder