Frankfort, KY --The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free Disaster Information Helpline is available to aid those affected by the severe storms, flooding, mud- and rock slides, and tornadoes June 14-27, 2003.
Disaster victims who need information about available assistance programs or want to learn about the status of their applications for disaster assistance may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- or speech-impaired.
Under President Bush's July 2 disaster declaration, residents of 21 Kentucky counties who have damages or losses from the severe storms may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.
Renters, homeowners and business owners may apply for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
Hours of operation for the Helpline and the Teleregistration line are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.