WICHITA, Kan. -- With two weeks left to apply for assistance, more than $33 million ($33,161,025) in assistance already has been approved 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 and flooding June 26-July 25.
Residents in the 23 counties eligible for Individual Assistance under the July 2 declaration and subsequent amendments who suffered damage from the June/July storms and flooding have just over two weeks to call and register for assistance.
The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.
The 23 counties eligible for Individual Assistance are Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Edwards, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harper, Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pawnee, Wilson, and Woodson.
The toll-free telephone registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., CDT, Monday through Saturday. The TTY number for residents with special speech or hearing needs is TTY 1-800-462-7585. Eligible residents also can register online at www.fema.gov.
Disaster recovery efforts through August 16 include:
- 3,869 individuals and households from 23 designated counties have applied for assistance.
- More than $13 million ($13,574,510) in Housing Assistance has been approved to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging and housing repairs.
- More than $3 million ($3,391,893 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.
- 6,619 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers throughout the region have been made by people affected by the disaster who have met with recovery experts there.
- 3,084 home inspections have been conducted.
- Public Assistance grants totaling $103,622 have been obligated to date in response to the first five of 215 Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) from public entities (counties, cities, certain private non-profit agencies). The remaining RPAs currently are being evaluated and additional RPAs are being received. Under FEMA's Public Assistance program, qualifying jurisdictions can be partially reimbursed for eligible emergency protective measures, debris removal, and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities and infrastructure.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $16 million ($16,091,300) 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 at all the Disaster Recovery Centers will continue to meet individually with each applicant to provide assistance in completing their disaster loan application, answer any questions about SBA's disaster loan program, and accept completed disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to visit a center should call 1-800-659-2955 for SBA assistance or visit the Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Under the July 2 declaration and subsequent amendments, FEMA Public Assistance grants are authorized to assist state and local government agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations with the resp...