LEXINGTON, Ky. -- More than $11.3 million has been approved in federal disaster grants and loans for Kentuckians affected by the July severe storms, flooding and mudslides.
In the four weeks since the July 23 disaster declaration, financial assistance approved for Kentucky residents in Carter, Lewis, Madison, Mason, Pike and Rowan counties includes:
- More than $7.8 million in Housing Assistance grants from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
- More than $648,000 in Other Needs Assistance, a joint state-federal program that helps homeowners and renters replace personal property and pay for medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
- More than $2.8 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster home loans. These loans are available to homeowners and renters as well as businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been working in close partnership to help affected residents and communities recover.
- More than 2,200 people have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.
- More than 1,900 damaged homes have been inspected by FEMA.
- Nearly 2,300 people have visited a Disaster Recovery Center for in-person assistance with registration, SBA Disaster loan applications and mitigation.
- More than 3,300 people have talked with FEMA mitigation specialists staffing displays at
Lowe's in Pikeville and at Farmers True Value Hardware Store in Grayson. More than
4,866 pieces of literature have been distributed on topics ranging from flood insurance to how
to rebuild safer after a flood. The outreach ends Saturday in Grayson.
Disaster Recovery Centers in Carter and Lewis counties closed and SBA opened a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Olive Hill Historical Society. A second SBA Center will open Monday in the Berea City Hall. SBA representatives at the center are issuing disaster loan applications, answering questions about SBA's disaster loan programs, explaining the application process, and helping people complete their applications. FEMA disaster recovery specialists and SBA representatives are still staffing two Disaster Recovery Centers in Pike County.
FEMA Community Relations specialists continue to go door to door providing information to residents, businesses, community-and faith-based organizations. They explain the disaster assistance process; encourage people to return SBA loan applications and give residents directions to Disaster Recovery Centers. Community Relations teams are also reaching out to the community at special events, including the Lewis County School Fair.
Crisis counseling, legal help and disaster unemployment assistance programs are available to individuals in the designated counties who suffered losses or damages as a result of the disaster.
KYEM has held briefings for local government officials, agencies and nonprofit organizations to explain eligibility and how to apply for the disaster assistance program that can help pay for emergency costs, and to repair or replace infrastructure damaged by the July storms.
Under the disaster declaration, all 120 counties in Kentucky are eligible to apply through KYEM
for funding from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for projects to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property during future disasters.
The U.S. Small Business Administration, which partners with FEMA in the disaster recovery, can approve loans to repair or replace flood-damaged real estate. A completed SBA disaste...