FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Many people who might be eligible for federal assistance to help with losses from recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may not have heard that help is available. Whenever you talk with friends and co-workers who had damage, tell them there may be aid available to help them recover.
The message is urgent because registration closes July 18.
"Don't assume that because you know about FEMA recovery assistance other people with damages also know," said Federal Coordinating Officer Steve Ward. "Lack of information can cause people to miss out on aid and that affects not only those individuals, but also recovery for the whole community."
Registration with FEMA is the first step for storm survivors in 22 designated Commonwealth counties toward possibly qualifying for federal disaster grants and low-interest loans.
FEMA disaster assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, replacement of personal property and essential household items, clothing and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. The deadline to return a loan application to the Small Business Administration also is Monday, July 18.
To register or to have questions answered about FEMA disaster assistance applications, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Registration is also available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Information about the SBA and the disaster loan application is available by calling 800-659-2955 or visiting SBA online at www.SBA.gov.
The July 18 registration deadline is for Ballard, Boyd, Carlisle, Carroll, Crittenden, Daviess, Floyd, Fulton, Graves, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marshall, McLean, McCracken, Livingston, Pike, Union and Webster counties.
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.