London, KY -- Kentucky residents and business owners who suffered losses in the severe storms, tornadoes and floods in April and May have one month left in which to register for state and federal recovery assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will accept applications through July 8 for those in the 32 disaster-designated counties. The deadline for submitting loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for flood-related losses to real and personal property is July 6.
"We want people to understand that these are application deadlines," said Mike Bolch of FEMA, the federal coordinating officer. "The requests of individuals who have already applied will continue to be processed. But by law we can't accept any new applications after the July 8 date."
State Coordinating Officer Cash Centers said he hoped the commonwealth and FEMA had been able to reach everyone who needs recovery assistance in this latest of Kentucky's disasters in 2002.
"We're in constant contact with the news media and community relations personnel are reaching out to people in isolated areas," he said. "But we depend a lot on friends, family and neighbors to urge people who have suffered losses and need assistance to call the FEMA number."
Bolch and Centers urge those who have not yet applied to do so as soon as possible by calling the toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing or speech-impaired individuals may call the TTY registration number at 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., EDT (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time), Monday through Friday.
The 32 Kentucky counties declared a disaster by the president on May 7 are Boyle, Breckinridge, Casey, Clay, Crittenden, Floyd, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Hopkins, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Letcher, Marion, Martin, McCreary, McLean, Meade, Nelson, Ohio, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Taylor, Union, Washington, Webster and Whitley.