FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In the three weeks since the initial presidential declaration, more than 7,300 storm-stricken Kentuckians have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and approved disaster aid exceeds $17.8 million.
In addition, homeowners, renters and businesses in four more Eastern Kentucky counties are now eligible to apply for state/FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) programs. Lincoln County has been added to the list of those eligible for Public Assistance (PA).
The IA program helps individuals, households and businesses cope with uninsured disaster-related needs. The PA program enables local government to seek reimbursement for approved disaster-related infrastructure repairs.
APPROVED DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO DATE:
- Residents of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Jackson counties are now eligible for Individual Assistance (IA). Boyd, Carter and Jackson counties were previously eligible for Public Assistance (PA) only.
- $9,524,712 has been approved for individual housing assistance.
- $5,644,090 has been approved for other needs assistance. Other needs include disaster-related expenses or
serious needs such as personal property, medical, dental, transportation, etc.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $2,684,700 in low-interest disaster-related
loans and 3,881 loan applications have been issued to date.
- 7,318 residents have applied for some form of state/FEMA disaster aid.
- 1,437 people have visited state/FEMA Disaster Recover Centers (DRCs) since they opened on June 18.
- After July 5 there will be two DRCs open: One in Magoffin County a1nd the other in Martin County
(editor’s note: See table—Page2). Anyone may visit these centers to discuss their FEMA application
with recovery specialists. DRCs will be closed July 4 and 5 to commemorate Independence Day.
- Although the DRC in Prestonsburg will be closed after July 3, loan specialists from the U.S. Small
Business Administration (SBA) will remain at Clark Elementary School at 140 South Clark Road, until further notice, beginning July 6.
- More than 96 percent of requests (6,247 of 6,443) for FEMA housing inspections have been completed
since the disaster was declared on June 10.
- The toll-free registration/helpline for FEMA (1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) will
be closed Sunday, July 4, to commemorate Independence Day.
- Recovery officials urge Kentucky residents to consider building a reinforced “safe room” in their existing
homes to help protect their families from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds. Building better, stronger, can substantially reduce the costs associated with rebuilding after a disaster strikes.
- A crisis counseling grant (Project Recovery) has been approved. Those who live in the disaster-declared counties may qualify for free crisis counseling. For information call the FEMA registration/helpline (1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
- Residents whose septic tanks or wells were damaged as a result of the recent storms may be eligible for federal assistance from FEMA.
- Those with flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program may be eligible for repair reimbursement if they experience a mudflow that damages or destroys property. A mudflow is defined as a river of liquid mud similar in consistency to a milkshake.
- Anyone who suffered damages due to the stor...