LEXINGTON, KY. -- More than $11 million in federal grants have been distributed to disaster survivors the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. This includes more than $9 million in housing assistance.
The Individuals and Households Program may provide funds for:
- Temporary housing needs.
- Essential home repairs.
- Restoring privately owned access roads.
- Repair or replacement of vehicles.
- Repair or replacement of clothing, household items, specialized tools or protective clothing and equipment required for a job.
- Other disaster-related expenses.
If you had damage from the early May storms, register for disaster assistance today, even if you’re not sure if you will be eligible. Disaster recovery officials remind Kentuckians that if they don’t register they may lose out on available aid.
“The best way to find out if you’re eligible for disaster aid is to register with FEMA,” said Doug Mayne, federal coordinating officer. “We’ll make every effort, within our regulations, to say ‘yes’ to those who need help.”
FEMA’s Community Relations teams have talked with hundreds of Kentuckians. Some people said they are not registering for assistance because the damage they received was from groundwater seeping into their homes rather than floodwater. There is a misconception that Commonwealth or federal help is not available for that type of damage. Disaster officials urge residents to register with FEMA, list all damage they experienced during the May storms, and allow FEMA to determine what type of assistance is available.
"Our partners at FEMA have really stepped up the effort to bring much needed assistance to Kentucky. It is now the responsibility of each individual to register and get the assistance process started", said John Heltzel, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
Don’t delay. Register today with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov anytime or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed seven days a week, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. EDT. Help is available in almost any language.
Disaster assistance to homeowners, renters and business owners is based on many factors. FEMA specialists are trained to seek out and coordinate assistance programs from several sources. This might include direct financial grants, low-interest loans, charitable contributions from voluntary agencies, and/or other resources that will help residents recover from the disaster.
FEMA’s disaster recovery specialists evaluate the unique needs of each person who registers to determine the types of assistance that are best suited to that individual. Not everyone who registers will qualify for FEMA assistance, but other programs may be able to help.
Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Applicants who receive SBA loan applications must complete and return them to be considered for FEMA grants that cover personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. No one is obligated to accept a loan.
If you or someone you know suffered loss, or damage, from this latest disaster you are encouraged to document the damage, save any repair receipts and notify your local emergency director.
Additional counties, and their residents, may be designated for federal disaster assistance at a later date if requested by the Commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
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