FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentuckians who suffered losses from the severe storms and flooding that struck May 3-20 have only a few days left to apply for federal and state disaster assistance. Monday, July 27, 2009, is the last day to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free number at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or go online at the new multi-agency disaster help website, www.DisasterAssistance.gov, to register for assistance.
Applicants are advised to have the following information available to help speed up the application process:
- A current phone number where you can be contacted;
- Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
- Your Social Security number, if available;
- A general list of damages and losses; and
- If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.
"We always urge people to call the teleregistration number, and not to decide in advance whether or not they are eligible for help," said Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, Director Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. "Let FEMA specialists talk with you about the damages you suffered because of the disaster."
Once registered, applicants can track the status of their cases by calling the same toll-free telephone number or at the Web site.
"It is important to call FEMA even though you may have contacted other agencies or volunteer organizations in your area," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Kim Kadesch. "Contacting other agencies does not qualify you for FEMA aid. The only way to obtain aid from FEMA is to call the teleregistration number or apply online. You must do it by the deadline."
Eligible applicants may receive assistance for one or more needs including:
- Temporary rental assistance;
- Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance;
- Grants to replace necessary personal property;
- Assistance with medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs;
- Unemployment assistance;
- Counseling for emotional needs resulting from the disaster;
- Low-interest loans for individuals and business owners.
Many assistance applicants were issued disaster loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). They should complete and return the forms as part of the assistance process. No one is required to accept a loan. Some homeowners and renters who do not qualify for a loan may become eligible for some types of FEMA aid. SBA is the only form of assistance to businesses affected by the storm. The deadline to submit an SBA disaster loan application is Tuesday, July 28. For assistance in filling out the application, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339, or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
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.