FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Less than one month left to apply for disaster aid! Survivors of the Aug. 4 severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding in Jefferson County who suffered damages or losses have only one month left to register for federal and Commonwealth disaster assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
Those affected by the severe weather have until Oct. 13, 2009, to apply for disaster aid, which could include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
To register for assistance or to check the status of an existing registration, call toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. Applicants can register online by going to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Oct. 13 is also the deadline to submit disaster loan applications to the SBA. While no one is required to take out an SBA loan, disaster loan applications are a key part of the FEMA application process. A loan denial may open up other assistance to eligible applicants.
Registration for FEMA assistance must be done separately from registering for aid from any other organization. Register even if you have insurance. You may discover later that you were underinsured.
To date, FEMA has approved more than $13.4 million in individual disaster aid while the SBA has approved nearly $2.6 million in disaster loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses.
Information on SBA disaster loan applications is available by visiting one of the two SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. They are located at:
South Louisville Community Center
2911 Taylor Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40208
Old Trolley Barn
1701 Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40202
Applicants unable to visit a DLOC can call the toll-free SBA Customer Service Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 800-659-2955, or visit the SBA web site at www.sba.gov, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. SBA loan applicants also can visit SBA's secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply online for disaster loans.
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.