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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Declaration Information

Robbie L. Barrera
District Coordinator, Austin District
Texas Division of Emergency Management
9000 IH35N
Austin TX. 78753
512-956-3343 Cell

The Small Business Association (SBA) has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the provision of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in affected communities that have sustained substantial economic injury. This  is triggered when a business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.

In order for Texas to qualify for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Declaration, Texas will need to submit five (05) Economic Injury Worksheets certifying a small businesses in a disaster area has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 and are in need of financial assistance. These worksheets are attached. Once five (05) submitted worksheets are validated by SBA, the Governor may request the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Declaration. A county will be included in this declaration if it has at least one qualifying Economic Injury Worksheet or the county is contiguous to another qualified declared county. Additional counties may be added by TDEM after a declaration is received.

In order to submit obtain and submit qualifying Economic Injury Worksheets, we are asking that TDEM Regional Staff work with COVID-19 affected jurisdictions to communicate and obtain Economic Injury Worksheets from small businesses and private non-profits in their Region. As these are collected by District Coordinators, please send them to the following email addresses for communication to SBA:
 

•      Kyle Wong – Kyle.Wong@tdem.texas.gov
•      Joshua Bryant – Joshua.Bryant@tdem.texas.gov
•      Sherri LaCour – Sherri.LaCour@tdem.texas.gov