FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More than $16 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved to aid Kentuckians affected by May's severe storms and flooding.
The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the aid to help individuals, households, and businesses with storm recovery in the five counties where FEMA's Individual Assistance program is available: Magoffin, Breathitt, Floyd, Owsley and Pike.
"This assistance certainly helps ease the burden on Kentuckians and our communities and local governments," said Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel.
The following numbers are as of close of business Monday, July 6, 2009:
- 4,911 individuals registered for disaster assistance.
- $12,743,200 in Individual Assistance was approved and $12,718,700 was disbursed. The approved amount includes:
- $11,305,407 in housing assistance approved to cover housing repairs, rental assistance, and temporary lodging, and
- $1,437,793 in other needs assistance approved to cover personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- $3,305,600 in low interest disaster loans for homeowners/renters and businesses have been approved by SBA. These loans are a primary source of federal disaster assistance for homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes.
- 3,635 individuals have visited KYEM-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.
- 12,933 individuals have received rebuilding and repair information from FEMA advisors at Mitigation Outreach events at Lowe's stores.
- Property inspectors have inspected 4,412 properties.
"As we progress in the recovery efforts, FEMA will continue to work with our commonwealth, local and volunteer partners to help address the needs of those affected by the disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kim Kadesch.
Anyone with damage from the May storms and flooding is urged to register for assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Or register 24 hours a day at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, a one-stop link to many providers of disaster assistance.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.