MAY 17, 2015 – written by WADE QUEEN
In a press release late Friday evening MY 15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the disaster recovery centers in Lawrence and Carter counties would close Saturday, May 16, at 6 p.m. and transition to disaster loan outreach centers Monday, May 18, at 9 a.m.
The centers, which have been operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are located at 180 Bull Dog Lane (Lawrence City Community Center) in Louisa and 671 S. State Highway 7 (Grayson Utilities Building) in Grayson.
The Bourbon County center, located at 525 High St. (Paris Municipal Service Building) in Paris, will also close Friday, May 22.
Survivors who suffered losses in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties during the severe April storms and still need help with applications or appeals can go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA’s helpline (800-621-3362, 800-462-7585 for TTY or 800-621-3362 for Video Relay Service). Disaster survivor assistance teams with FEMA Corps members will also be working storm-stricken areas and can help with mobile applications, updates and referrals to additional resources.
The disaster loan outreach centers that will open in Lawrence and Carter counties 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 DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.