Chastang says the SBA is offering other forms of help besides money: Business owners can go to SBA Small Business Development centers, housed in local universities, to get help formulating recovery plans, recruiting new staff, and taking steps to insure they will be better protected from future disasters.
The IRS also is offering relief. Under certain circumstances, affected business owners will be given additional time to file returns and pay taxes. The service also provides advice on reconstructing lost or damaged business records. Its Publication 2194, a Disaster Resource Guide for Individuals and Businesses, contains forms to help filers claim casualty losses on property destroyed by a natural disaster.