FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentuckians in the five counties declared eligible for federal disaster assistance as a result of storms in May have only four weeks left to apply for aid. July 27 is the last day applications for individual assistance grants will be accepted, according to officials of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
To date, more than 4,700 Kentuckians have applied for disaster assistance. More than $14.7 million in disaster assistance has been approved, which includes more than $2.5 million in disaster loans from SBA.
The deadline for disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related real and personal property losses is July 28.
Commonwealth and federal officials continue to encourage anyone with disaster-related losses in the designated counties to register. "You may think you don't need assistance, but you may later have unexpected expenses," said KYEM Director Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel. "It's better to get your name in the system before the July 27 deadline because after that date, it's too late."
Individuals can register by phone call toll-free to 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 or register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. These resources can also be used to ask questions about or check the status of previously filed applications and to find out about appeals.
"Registration with FEMA is the only way to assure you will be eligible to obtain several types of aid," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kim Kadesh. "If you had expenses caused by the May storms that have not been reimbursed from insurance or another source, please register with FEMA."
The five counties designated as eligible for individual assistance are, Breathitt, Floyd, Magoffin, Owsley, and Pike.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.