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SBA Stands Ready to Assist Kentucky Residents Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides and Tornadoes

WASHINGTON – Administrator Karen G. Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration issued the following statement today following the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration in Kentucky for several counties affected by the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and tornadoes that began on May 1.

“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of Kentucky with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and small businesses with federal disaster loans. Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

The disaster declaration covers Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan and Woodford counties in Kentucky, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Adair, Anderson, Barren, Bath, Boyle, Butler, Carter, Cumberland, Elliott, Fayette, Fleming, Franklin, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Hart, Jackson, Jessamine, Laurel, Madison, Marion, Mason, Menifee, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Simpson, Taylor, Todd and Warren in Kentucky; Adams and Scioto in Ohio and Robertson in Tennessee.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.

For small businesses and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Interest rates are as low as 2.750 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities. The locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Those affected by this disaster may fill out a loan application online by visiting SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 12, 2010. The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 11, 2011.

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For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Programs, visit our website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance

Release Number: 
10-399, KY 12168/12169
Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Contact: 
Mark Ihenacho: 404-331-0333
Related State: 
Kentucky
Tennessee
Field Operations Center: 
East