LEXINGTON, Ky. - "There is still time to register for disaster aid," said Doug Mayne, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) "but the deadline is just two weeks away."
"We can't help you if we don't know you need help," said Mayne, who oversees the government's response to Kentucky's early May disaster.
John Heltzel, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, added, "We want to make sure that every Kentuckian that is eligible receives the disaster aid they need." He continued, "Tell your friends, neighbors and relatives, they MUST register with FEMA before the deadline."
FEMA will accept registrations until Monday, July 12, at 8 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. CDT.
Registering for disaster assistance is simple. You can apply online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585. Phone lines are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT.
Anyone who had damage from the disaster should register even if they're not sure if they qualify. Let FEMA decide your eligibility.
Some people may think they are already registered because they registered with the Commonwealth, their local emergency management agency, the Red Cross or other charitable organization. The FEMA process is completely separate. The only two ways to register with FEMA are by phone using the toll-free number or online at www.disasterassistance.gov .
People with insurance should register. FEMA cannot duplicate coverage from insurance, but policy holders may be reimbursed for some uninsured losses after the insurance settlement is final. It is important to keep receipts for all disaster-related expenses.
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.