Registration to apply for federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is underway for the Earls of Caldwell who suffered damage from the storm last weekend.
FEMA Communications Specialist Yvonne Smith spoke with WPKY on Saturday afternoon about the registration process to help residents jump-start their recovery efforts. She says they can’t help you with this process until you register with FEMA, which is the first step. You can register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), going online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or downloading the FEMA app.
Smith said the next step is if you have home insurance you must file a claim because FEMA cannot duplicate benefits, which means they can only help you federally for your uninsured needs. .
She said that when you apply online or over the phone, there are several things you will need to provide to FEMA.
In addition, you will need to provide your bank account number.
Smith said they understand that some of the documentation you need to provide has been lost in the storm and that they will work with you. In some cases, she added, they can help direct you to who you need to call for copies.
According to Smith, FEMA assistance is available to both landlords and tenants.
She expressed that FEMA is here to help you.
Smith said FEMA is based in the Butler Building on West Main Street in Princeton and will be there seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The full interview with Yvonne Smith, FEMA Communications Specialist, is below: