On August 5, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, and Whitley counties have been added to the list of counties in Eastern Kentucky authorized for Individual Assistance through FEMA. Other counties authorized are Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry, and Pike counties.
The next step is applying.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance via an online application or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.
When applying, have the following information ready:
- A phone number where you can be contacted.
- Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are currently staying.
- Your Social Security number.
- A list of damages and losses.
- Banking information if you choose direct deposit.
- If insured, a policy number and the agent name and company.
- if you have homeowners, renter’s, or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA does not cover losses covered by insurance.
What qualifies as Individual Assistance
FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is open to individuals and business owners. It includes:
- Housing Assistance
- Rental Assistance
- Lodging Reimbursement
- Home Repair
- Home Replacement
- Property Repair
- Medical/Dental Expenses
- Child Care Assistance
- Cleaning/Debris Removal
Other individual assistance programs include:
- Crisis Counseling
- Disaster Unemployment
- Legal Services
Flexibilities to forms of verification
When applying for FEMA assistance, you may not have access to some documents that verify your occupancy or ownership. In 2021, FEMA updated its Program and Policy Guide outlining flexible documentation options for some verification.
The four steps to prepare for your FEMA application
These four steps will assist you in having what you need to complete the FEMA application. FEMA has also created a Help After a Disaster document to outline the Individual Assistance program and criteria.
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