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Deadline for federal assistance for storm survivors approaching

Deadline is June 30

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 29, 2015) — Kentucky storm survivors have until June 30 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance and complete their Small Business Administration disaster loan application.

Survivors who suffered losses during the severe storms in April in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties who have delayed registering for any reason should apply for potential assistance that could include housing assistance that offers temporary rental assistance and money for essential home repairs to eligible survivors.

Assistance is also available for disaster-related costs associated with medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, moving and storage, or other necessary expenses.

No matter the degree of loss, survivors are urged to register with FEMA. They can use the following methods:

  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • By calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362)
  • By smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov

Survivors who are referred to SBA should complete their low-interest disaster loan application by June 30. Applicants are not obligated to accept a loan; however, completing it may lead to additional FEMA assistance. Survivors are encouraged to consider all sources of aid.

It is not necessary to wait for an insurance claim determination to apply for an SBA disaster loan, which may help if applicants later find they are underinsured.

Small businesses and most nonprofits with or without physical damage may apply for an economic injury disaster loan, which is a working capital loan to help with disaster-related cash flow problems.

To apply for an SBA disaster loan online use the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Survivors with questions about an SBA disaster loan application can also call the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or send an email to [email protected].

To learn what measures you need to take before, during and after an emergency, visit www.ready.gov.