OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Storm victims with private insurance coverage still may be eligible for disaster assistance, W.R. Padgett, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KyEM) emphasized today.
"Don't attempt to make a decision on your eligibility," he cautioned. "That's why we are here. The chance of making a flawed judgment and missing out on badly need help is too great, so allow our experts to make such a determination."
Disaster assistance is available to homeowners, renters and businesses with damaged property that was uninsured or underinsured, said Scott Wells, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official charged with coordinating federal response and recovery efforts in Daviess, Crittenden and Webster Counties.
Wells echoed Padgett's advice to let trained state and federal personnel determine eligibility. Both officials again urged victims of last week's tornadoes and flash flooding to register for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free teleregistration number, 1-800-462-9029. For persons with hearing or speech impediments, the toll-free number is TTY 1-800-462-7585.