FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A total of 9,253 Jefferson County storm survivors have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal and Commonwealth disaster assistance following the Aug. 4 severe weather and flooding.
Survivors of that disaster who have not yet registered for assistance should do so immediately. All it takes is a toll-free phone call to FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Speech- or hearing-impaired individuals should call TTY 800-462-7585. Those with internet access can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
To date, $10.6 million in disaster aid has been approved for those who suffered damage during the severe weather. Of that amount, $7.8 million is for housing assistance and $2.8 million is for other necessary disaster-related expenses.
There have been 2,130 visits to Disaster Recovery Centers, which are located at the Old Trolley Barn, 1701 Muhammad Ali Blvd., and the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Blvd., in Louisville. Applicants are asked to register with FEMA by phone or online prior to visiting a recovery center.
After registering for disaster aid, a FEMA-contracted inspector will contact the applicant to make an appointment to inspect damaged property and assess losses. So far, 7,696 inspections have been completed.
Currently, the U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 4,457 home loan applications and 906 business loan applications. SBA encourages those who received a SBA loan application to complete and return it.
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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for Other Needs Assistance such as medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.