Federal assistance is available to RV dealerships damaged by Hurricane Isabel because the states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware have been declared federal disaster areas, according to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
The RVDA believes it would be useful for affected dealers in the four states to contact the following federal agencies.
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362. There is a high volume of calls to the toll-free number at this time, so it may take some time to get through. Also, it would be wise to check www.fema.gov for updates.
* For Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans, call and/or write to a regional SBA disaster assistance center. For Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, call (800) 659 2955 or write to: U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Area 1 Office; 360 Rainbow Blvd. South; 3rd Floor; Niagara Falls, NY 14303. For North Carolina, call (800) 359 2227 or write to: U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Area 2 Office; One Baltimore Place; Suite 300; Atlanta, GA 30308. More information is available online at www.sba.gov/disaster_recov/index.html.
One dealer in the hurricane’s path, Rick Horsey, owner of Parkview RV Center in Smyrna, Del., did not incur storm damage. His dealership closed early Thursday, as recommended by Delaware’s governor, but Parkview RV operated on Friday (Sept. 19).
Horsey used a motorhome generator to provide electricty for his dealership on Friday, but he said the power was restored about 6 p.m. local time on that day.
Horsey also had relatively brisk business on Friday because NASCAR races were held as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20-21) in nearby Dover, Del., he said.
Most likey, only the RV dealerships on the waterfront sustained significant damage, Horsey surmised.