FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has now paid more than $ 17 million in flood insurance claims to homeowners and tenants in Blue Grass State.
Officials say around 600 claims were filed after landslides, floods, severe storms and landslides between February 27 and March 14 that caused damage in Breathitt, Clay, Estill counties , Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin and Powell. According to FEMA officials, a major disaster declaration is not required to pay for flood insurance, and affected residents in any county can submit a request for assistance.
FEMA has approved more than $ 3 million in individual disaster assistance grants for losses not covered by insurance. Officials say these grants can be used to help Kentuck residents affected by rent, home repairs, home replacement and other disaster-related needs, including child care, medical and dental expenses. . 509 households have been approved for these grants to date.
FEMA officials also claim that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved 17 low-interest disaster loans totaling $ 775,100.
If you have uninsured or underinsured losses from the inclement weather that hit Kentucky between February 27 and March 14, here’s how you can get FEMA help:
- Officials say the law does not allow FEMA to duplicate insurance payments or aid from government programs or charities.
- If you have uninsured or underinsured losses, contact FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA app and check in on your smartphone or tablet. You can also call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Officials say toll-free lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, and multilingual operators are available.
- Those using a relay service, like a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide their specific number assigned to that service, officials say. It is important that FEMA can contact you. FEMA phone calls can come from an unidentified number.
Those requesting assistance should have the following information handy when registering:
- Address of the damaged main accommodation where the damage occurred
- Current email address
- Current phone number
- Social Security number
- Your insurance information
- Total annual household income
- Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts so FEMA can directly transfer disaster assistance funds
- A description of damage and loss due to disasters.