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Kansas Disaster Assistance for May Storms Exceeds $50 Million

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Release date: 
July 31, 2007
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WICHITA, Kan. -- More than $50 million ($50,476,864) in assistance has been approved to date by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as they continue to assist the state of Kansas and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) in the recovery from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 1.

Disaster recovery efforts through July 26 include:

  • 4,247 individuals from 24 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance. August 6th is the last day individuals can apply for FEMA assistance.

  • Nearly $7 million ($6,821,426) in Housing Assistance has been approved to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging and housing repairs. There are 157 families living in temporary housing supplied by FEMA.

  • More than $1.4 million ($1,431,620) in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) has been approved to cover personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.

  • 5,092 people affected by the disaster have met with recovery experts at Disaster Recovery Centers set up throughout the region to provide help.

  • Public Assistance grants totaling more than $5 million ($5,263,018) have been obligated to reimburse local governments for eligible emergency protective measures, debris removal and the repair and rebuilding of facilities and infrastructure.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $37 million ($36,960,800) in low-interest disaster loans to Kansas residents and businesses.? The SBA provides low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes.

SBA representatives are at all Disaster Recovery Centers to explain how SBA low-interest disaster loans can help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations pay for their disaster losses, according to SBA officials. They also will meet with applicants one-on-one and assist them in filling out their loan applications. Anyone not able to visit a center should call 1-800-659-2955 for SBA assistance or visit the website at

Residents who suffered damage or loss due to the tornadoes, severe storms or flooding, between May 4 and June 1, and live in any of the following counties, should call and register for assistance by August 6th. These counties include: Barton, Clay, Cloud, Comanche, Dickinson, Edwards, Ellsworth, Kiowa, Leavenworth, Lyon, McPherson, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Shawnee, Smith and Stafford.

Eligible Kansas residents can call the toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Operators are available daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT or register anytime online at

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants are available in 39 counties to reimburse state and local governments and some private non-profit organizations for eligible costs including emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities and infrastructure.

Governmental entities, municipal authorities, and certain private nonprofit organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply for PA grants: Barton, Brown, Clay, Chase, Cherokee, Comanche, Cowley, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Ellsworth, Harper, Harv...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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