FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky’s disaster victims have 30 more days to register for a broad range of state and federal assistance programs.
July 9 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period. Registrations cannot be accepted after the August 9 deadline, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will continue to process all applications received before the deadline.
“Any resident of a declared county who suffered losses should register for possible assistance even if they have insurance,” said Pat Seaman, FEMA’s deputy federal coordinating officer. “Don’t disqualify yourself by not registering. We can’t help you if we don’t hear from you.”
The registration period and the deadline apply to the Kentucky disaster declaration signed by President Bush, June 10, and includes the 78 counties eligible for state/FEMA individual assistance programs. The disaster declaration covers uninsured losses caused by a series of severe storms that occurred between May 26 – June 18.
It takes only a few minutes to register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number for those with speech or hearing impairment is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week.
Registration does not require anyone to accept any form of assistance, Seaman emphasized, and receiving assistance has no effect on homeowners insurance because assistance covers only uninsured losses.
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 the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.