FEMA aid now available for some tornado victims

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Survivors in seven Kentucky counties affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding Feb. 29 through March 3 should apply now for federal assistance.

Federal funding is available to affected individuals in Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Menifee, Morgan and Pendleton counties.

Assistance is available in the form of grants for temporary housing, basic home repairs, other serious disaster-related needs and low-interest disaster loans.

Renters, homeowners and business owners may qualify for help through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

However, they must apply for assistance.

Registration is available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-FEMA.

Survivors also can apply for federal assistance directly through Web-enabled mobile phone devices or smartphones.

People whose property suffered any storm damage are encouraged to document damage with photographs and to save repair receipts.

Damage should be reported to the local emergency management director and insurance company.

Many documents may have been destroyed by the tornadoes. Property owners will eventually need to provide proof of ownership.

Individual assistance helps eligible applicants with temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs.

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