ATLANTA, Ga. -- Kentuckians who sustained damage from the June 19-23 storms have only two more weeks to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Two weeks may sound like plenty of time, but October 31 will be here before you know it,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer W. M. Moore. “If you had damage and haven’t registered yet, please do so before it’s too late.”
FEMA Housing Assistance grants may cover rental assistance, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance. Other Needs Assistance grants may be available to replace personal property and help meet disaster-related medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable-aid programs.
Expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for assistance after insurance claims have been paid. Even if an insurance settlement has not yet been reached, individuals must register before the November 1 deadline in order to be considered for federal assistance.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not covered by insurance. The SBA may lend up to $200,000 to repair or replace a primary residence and up to $40,000 to renters and homeowners to repair or replace personal property damaged or destroyed in the disaster. Up to $2 million may be available for businesses for their uncompensated disaster losses.
Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process of being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.
“We don’t want to see anyone left out,” said Brig. Gen. John Heltzel, commonwealth coordinating officer for Kentucky. “Registering is the only way to find out if you’re eligible.
- Call 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual. Phones are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice;
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
- By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov;
FEMA’s App for android phones can be downloaded at market.android.com/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
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 SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
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.