Assistance available to Kentuckians post April storms and flooding

Assistance available to Kentuckians post April storms and flooding

Many citizens across Kentucky sustained losses during the April storms and flooding.  The U.S. Small Business Administration and FEMA are working diligently in Kentucky to provide assistance to businesses, homeowners and renters.  If you need assistance, I encourage you to contact one of the Jefferson County Disaster Loan Outreach Centers.  The centers are located at 205 W. Wellington Ave. (Beechmont Community Center) and 8501 Preston Highway (fire station). 

For more information or to register for assistance, see the two press releases below issued by Kentucky Emergency Management and the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Courtesy of,
Senator Denise Harper Angel, 35th Senate District

Louisville Disaster Recovery Centers to Transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers  

 FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The two remaining disaster recovery centers in Louisville, which are operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will closed on Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m. (EDT) and reopened as disaster loan outreach centers on Friday, May 29, at 9 a.m.

April storm survivors can continue to call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

The two Jefferson County centers that will closed on Thursday are located at 205 W. Wellington Ave. (Beechmont Community Center) and 8501 Preston Highway (fire station) in Louisville.

Survivors who suffered losses during the severe storms in April in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties can register using 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.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and essential 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 disaster.

Disaster loan outreach centers to open in Louisville

The disaster loan outreach centers that will open in Louisville will be operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) until further notice.

The loan centers focus on funds needed for long-term rebuilding and recovery. Businesses, homeowners and renters will be able to talk individually with SBA representatives.

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.

Businesses, homeowners and renters may check on the status or ask any questions about their SBA disaster loan application at the loan centers.

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 more about what preventive measures to take before, during and after an emergency, visit www.ready.gov.

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 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.

 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.

 For more information on Kentucky’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov or http://kyem.ky.gov.

On Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/KYEmergencyManagement. To receive Twitter updates: http://twitter.com/kyempio orwww.twitter.com/femaregion4.

 

Over $1 Million in SBA Disaster Loans Approved in Kentucky

 ATLANTA – The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents in Kentucky affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides on April 2-17, 2015.

 “Currently, 42 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $1,051,900 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.  “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not submitted an SBA disaster loan application to do so as quickly as possible.”

 The disaster declaration covers the counties of Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott in Kentuckywhich are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Anderson, Boyd, Bullitt, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Garrard, Grant, Greenup, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Lewis, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Rockcastle, Shelby, Spencer and Woodford in Kentucky; Clark, Floyd and Harrison in Indiana, and Wayne in West Virginia.

 To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device atm.fema.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). 

 Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

 Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to [email protected].  Loan applications can be downloaded fromwww.sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

 The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is June 30, 2015.  The deadline to return economic injury applications isFebruary 1, 2016.

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 For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Programs, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

Paid for by Denise Harper Angel for State Senate, Catherine A. Dreier, CPA, Treasurer