FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More than 10,500 survivors of the severe storms and flooding that struck the Louisville metro area on Aug. 4 have applied for disaster aid thus far, Commonwealth and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials announced today.
More than $12.1 million in disaster assistance has been approved for households that sustained damages during that severe weather. Of that amount, $8.7 million has been approved for housing assistance and $3.4 million for other serious disaster-related needs.
Individuals who have not registered yet for federal and Commonwealth disaster assistance should do so as soon as possible. To register, simply call toll-free, 800-621-FEMA (3362). Speech- or hearing-impaired individuals should call TTY 800-462-7585. Individuals also can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Disaster officials have assisted more than 3,000 storm survivors at the two Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisville. They are located at the Old Trolley Barn, 1701 Muhammad Ali Blvd., and the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Blvd.
Applicants with questions regarding their application or what types of assistance may be available to them, should visit a DRC after registering with FEMA by phone.
Within a couple of days following registration, a FEMA-contracted inspector will contact the applicant to set up an appointment to inspect and assess the losses. Thus far, nearly 9,000 inspections have been completed.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $1,148,700 in disaster home loans and $205,300 in disaster business loans. Applicants who receive an SBA disaster loan application should complete and return it as soon as possible. An SBA loan is not obligatory if a loan application is received, but completion of the form is necessary for possible referral to FEMA's grant program.
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.