Less than two weeks left to apply for disaster assistance

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky homeowners, renters and business owners who had property damage or loss caused by the severe storms from Feb. 27 to March 14 may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Less than two weeks remain to apply until the July 23 registration deadline.

People who live in one of the 31 counties included in the Kentucky federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance can apply, update contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections, or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision by:

  • Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Downloading the FEMA app by texting ANDROID or APPLE to 43362; or
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time. Multilingual operators are available during those hours (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Those who use a Relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should provide their specific number assigned to that service. It is important that FEMA can contact you. Phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also has extended the deadline for businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to apply for a physical disaster loan to July 23, 2021.

Anyone in the declared Kentucky counties with physical damages due to the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Feb. 27 through March 14, 2021 should apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan.

As of July 13, the SBA has approved 102 disaster loans in Kentucky for a total of $4,452,700.

The counties designated for Individual Assistance are Anderson, Breathitt, Boyd, Clark, Clay, Estill, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greenup, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Warren and Woodford.

Applicants should have the following information available to register:

  • Address of the damaged primary dwelling where damage occurred;
  • Current mailing address, telephone number, Social Security number;
  • Your insurance information;
  • Total household annual income;
  • Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit; and
  • A description of disaster damage and losses.

For information on Kentucky’s disaster recovery, visit  https://kyem.ky.gov and www.fema.gov/disaster/4595. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4.

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