London, KY -- Residents of Kentucky's 52 disaster counties who have registered for state and federal assistance must fill out Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications even if they don't need or qualify for a loan, cautions Cash Centers, Kentucky's state coordinating officer for disaster recovery.
Mike Bolch, the federal official coordinating the Kentucky disaster recovery efforts, emphasized, "The only way FEMA or state agencies determine the types of assistance flood victims may receive is for them to call the toll-free registration number and complete the SBA packets."
"Nobody will be forced to accept an SBA loan," promised Bolch. "But the filled-in loan application helps us expedite disaster assistance to those who need and deserve it."
"Housing assistance and emergency home repair grants are approved as soon as possible to get flood victims into safe, sanitary, and secure housing," said Centers. "But eligibility for more long-term recovery assistance, such as the Individual and Family Grants program, can be decided only by reviewing information obtained from the SBA loan application."
Both officials urged everyone who suffered damages or property losses in the March, April and May disasters to register for recovery assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration number is 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Speech or hearing impaired persons should call TTY 1-800-462-7585.
The deadline for residents of the 30 counties first declared by the President for flooding March 17-21 is expired Monday June 3, but those who suffered damages in that disaster still have time to return their SBA packets. The application deadline for those who suffered losses from tornadoes, flooding, wind and hailstorms between April 27 and May 10 is July 8.