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DISASTER DEADLINE IS MAY 7

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Some survivors of the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Kentucky Feb. 29 through March 3 may not have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance because they don’t understand the process.

May 7 is the deadline to register for federal assistance. FEMA officials say it’s important that all tornado victims who suffered damage register as soon as possible.

There are some common myths surrounding registration.

FEMA has attempted to address the most common misconceptions including the following:

• There is no income level for FEMA assistance. Anyone with disaster damage or loss may be eligible for help.
• Even people with insurance coverage should register with FEMA. FEMA may be able to help with uninsured costs.
• Renters may qualify for assistance for loss they suffered. Anyone with damage from the storms and tornadoes of Feb. 29 through March 3 should register.
• Registration with FEMA will not effect Social Security benefits, taxes, food stamps or Medicaid.
• To register for disaster assistance, you must be registered with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by a tablet or Smartphone at m.fema.gov.
• FEMA does not make loans. FEMA awards grants to help survivors recover. These are not loans and do not have to be repaid.
• There is no paperwork to register with FEMA. Registration takes about 30 minutes.
• If you had damage from another federally declared disaster you may register for assistance because you had damage in this disaster.
• FEMA has enough funding to assist all eligible survivors. You will not be taking from others if you register