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Kansas Disaster Assistance for May Storms Exceeds $59 Million

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Release date: 
August 24, 2007
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WICHITA, Kan. -- More than $59 million ($59,555,103) 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 August 23 include:

  • 4,533 individuals from 24 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.? Although August 6 was the last day residents and business owners who suffered damage or loss due to the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 1 could register for assistance, they can still call the FEMA Helpline to check the status of their assistance applications.? To reach the Helpline, they can call the same number they used to register, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), then press #2.? This will route their call to a Helpline operator who can call up their file and answer their questions.

  • More than $7 million ($7,612,978) in Housing Assistance has been approved to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging and housing repairs. There are 227 families living in temporary housing supplied by FEMA.

  • More than $1.5 million ($1,560,346) 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.

  • 5,468 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers throughout the region have been made by people affected by the disaster who have met with recovery experts there.

  • 4,231 home inspections have been conducted.

  • Public Assistance grants totaling more than $9 million ($9,098,579) have been obligated to date in response to 434 Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) from public entities (counties, cities, eligible private non-profit agencies). ?Under FEMA?s Public Assistance program, qualifying jurisdictions can be 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 $41 million ($41,283,200) 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.

Applicants applying for SBA assistance can obtain information by calling, toll-free (800) 659-2955.  Those with special speech or hearing needs can call, toll-free, (800) 877-8339.  ?Applicants also can visit the SBA Web site at

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants are available in 40 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 eligible private nonprofit organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply for PA grants: Barton, Brown, Chase, Cherokee, Clay, Comanche, Cowley, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Ellsworth, Harper, Harvey, Jackson, Kingman,...

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