FEMA extends deadline for storm victims in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for Kentuckians impacted by severe storms earlier this year to seek aid under the Individual Assistance Program.


Residents in 31 counties now have until July 8 to register for assistance under the Major Disaster Declaration issued by President Joe Biden on April 23, following record flooding from Feb. 27 to March 14.  That aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the storms.


Homeowners and renters affected by severe flooding in these counties are eligible and encouraged to register: Anderson, Boyd, Breathitt, 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.


“For many Kentuckians, these severe storms were one of the most stressful and challenging events of their lives,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.  “FEMA’s deadline extension will be incredibly helpful, giving them more time to apply for the assistance they need.  This extension makes it easier for more of our people to get help.  I encourage all eligible Kentuckians to apply before the new deadline of July 8.”


The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.  For those who can’t register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., eastern Time, seven days a week.


You should have the following information available to register:


--Address of the damaged primary dwelling where damage occurred.


--Current mailing address.


--Current telephone number.


--Social Security number.


--Your insurance information.


--Total household annual income.


--Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts so FEMA may directly transfer disaster assistance funds.


--A general description of disaster damage and losses.


This is the largest award for displaced individuals from damage to homes in Kentucky since a massive flooding event impacted the state in May 2010, when more than 4,200 structures were affected.  In this case, counties have reported more than 1,200 instances of damage to infrastructure, debris removal and emergency measures, costing more than $72 million.

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