LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Eight weeks after the federal disaster declaration for Kentucky's severe storms, flooding and mudslides in July, more than $15 million in assistance has flowed to residents in six counties.
The last two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers in Pike County are closing for good at 6 p.m. today (Friday, Sept. 17).
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) officials opened the centers on July 26, just three days after President Obama's disaster declaration. Other centers were open for limited periods to serve people in Carter, Lewis, Madison, Mason and Rowan counties when those counties were added.
In all, more than 3,000 people visited Disaster Recovery Centers for in-person help from recovery specialists and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives. To date, 2,500 people have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance and 2,240 homes have been inspected.
"FEMA Individual Assistance staff may not be in Kentucky much longer, but will still be readily available by phone to provide information or help with your registration for disaster assistance,"
KYEM Director John W. Heltzel said. "If you haven't registered, don't wait any longer – there are only a few days left."
Tuesday, Sept. 21, is the deadline to register with FEMA and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from SBA, a federal partner in the disaster recovery.
Registration can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.
"If you received an SBA loan application, be sure to complete and submit it to the SBA, even if you don't think you qualify for a loan," Federal Coordinating Officer Terry L. Quarles said.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to the SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
Additional information on SBA disaster loan applications is also available by calling the SBA helpline at 1-800-359-2227 or visiting the SBA online at www.SBA.gov/disaster.
Following are highlights of disaster financial assistance to Kentuckians through Thursday, Sept. 16:
- More than $8.8 million in Housing Assistance grants from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
- Nearly $820,000 in Other Needs Assistance, a joint state-federal program that helps homeowners and renters replace personal property and to help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
- More than $5.4 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans. These loans are available to homeowners and renters as well as businesses and private nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
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.