LEXINGTON, Ky. – There is just one week remaining to register for disaster assistance for losses suffered as a result of the July severe storms, flooding and mudslides.
Eligible homeowners, renters and businesses in six Kentucky counties – Carter, Lewis, Madison, Mason, Pike and Rowan – must register by Sept. 21, according to Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials.
Sept. 21 is also the deadline to submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans are available to homeowners and renters as well as to businesses and private nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
“While many people are already receiving federal disaster assistance, there may be some who still
have not registered because they think they don’t need help,” said Federal Coordinating Officer
Terry L. Quarles.
Sometimes flood damage is apparent only later, when mold and mildew spread or when a furnace doesn’t work. Even a few inches of water can be harmful.
“We urge you to register and let FEMA determine if your loss and damages qualify,” KYEM Director John W. Heltzel said. “If you don’t apply by Sept. 21, there may not be any federal assistance available for you.”
Registering with FEMA can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. People who have already registered can call the same number for the Helpline if they have questions or additional information to provide.
FEMA recovery specialists and SBA representatives are providing in-person help at two Disaster Recovery Centers in Pike County. These centers will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Friday,
Sept. 17, when they will close permanently.
The centers are located adjacent to Community Funeral Home, 4902 Zebulon Highway, Pikeville, and in Riverside Apostolic Church, 10519 Regina Belcher Highway, Marrowbone (Elkhorn City).
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number is 800-659-2955. Hours are 8 a.m. to
6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is also available by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by going online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Loan applications can be made online at SBA’s secure website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
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.