ATLANTA, Ga. -- People in Pike County, Ky., are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Commonwealth and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as they recover from severe storms, flooding, and mudslides that struck Kentucky beginning July 17. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on July 23 that made Pike County eligible for federal disaster assistance.
Anyone who has uninsured or under-insured losses in Pike County may complete an online application at www.disasterassistance.gov or apply by phone by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for people with hearing and speech disabilities. The toll-free numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.
"Filing damage reports with Commonwealth or county emergency managers or voluntary agencies will not start the federal disaster-assistance process,” said Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director John Heltzel. “You must register with FEMA to start the process.”
FEMA’s Individual Assistance program can help eligible applicants with temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property losses and medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance.
"Flood survivors don’t have to wait for an insurance inspection to begin the registration process; they should apply as soon as possible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Doug Mayne. "We will begin working with people who have losses immediately and we will continue to coordinate with the Commonwealth to speed recovery efforts."
When applying for help, be sure to have the following information available:
- Your current telephone number.
- Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you now are staying.
- Your Social Security number, if available.
- A general list of damages and losses you suffered.
- If insured, the name of your company or agent and your policy number.
- Bank account coding if you wish to speed up your assistance by using direct deposit.
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.