Richmond, KY -- Less than four weeks remain for residents of Kentucky's 30 disaster counties to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to register for disaster assistance. The deadline is May 13.
So far, 3,843 Kentuckians have registered for assistance. FEMA, the SBA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved more than $5.5 million in loans and grants to help individuals recover from February's winter storms.
Registering is fast and as easy as dialing 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those with speech or hearing impairments may call the TTY line at 1-800-462-7585.
"Even if you think insurance will cover all of your damages, you should still register with FEMA and the Commonwealth as having been impacted by the storm," cautioned Cash Centers, Assistant Director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. "That will document your situation should hidden damages surface in the months ahead."
Federal and state disaster recovery officials urge those who have not done so to apply as soon as possible. Applicants who were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration for a low-interest disaster loan are encouraged to return their application packets as soon as possible. There are still two SBA disaster workshops still open in the state to assist home and business owners with their applications. One office is in Lexington, the other in Vanceburg.
"In past disasters, home and business owners discovered uninsured new damages after the deadline had passed", said Thomas J. Costello, FEMA's Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer overseeing Kentucky's recovery. "That makes it more challenging to help them".
The disaster counties are: Anderson, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Clay, Elliot, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Letcher, Leslie, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rowan and Woodford.