FRANKFORT, Ky. -- If you were flooded during the Aug. 4 storms in Jefferson County don't wait any longer to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.
The deadline to apply for help is Oct. 13 - just two weeks away. Oct.13 is also the deadline to return your completed loan application to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
You do not need to wait for an insurance settlement to apply for help. You will not be required to take a loan from the SBA. However, if you received a loan application from the SBA, you must fill it out and return it to be eligible for some forms of federal assistance.
FEMA's registration number is 800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free FEMA number also serves as a helpline for those who have already registered and want to track the progress of their application. FEMA's TTY line for those with speech or hearing impairments is 800-462-7585.
The toll-free FEMA numbers are operational from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. You can register at any time online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
If you need face-to-face help with your SBA paperwork, assistance is still available at the two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Louisville. The centers are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Louisville loan outreach centers are located at the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Blvd., and the Old Trolley Barn at 1701 Muhammad Ali Blvd.
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center can be reached at 800-659-2955, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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.