Governor Laura Kelly sent a disaster declaration request to the Small Business Administration Thursday, to help homes and businesses begin to recover from the tornado that swept through Douglas County last month.
After the state, county and Small Business Administration assessed the damage in Douglas Co. last week, they determined that the damages meet the requirement for a declaration from the SBA.
“The damage caused by the tornadoes stretched far and wide,” Kelly said. “It’s important we get affected individuals and families back on the path to recovery. We must do everything we can to help rebuild our communities.”
Multiple homes and businesses were damaged as the one-mile wide tornado made its way through Douglas County on May 28.
If the declaration is granted, the surrounding counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, and Shawnee will be eligible to apply if they received damages from the May 28 tornado as well.
According to Gov. Kelly’s office, the SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters.
The loans can be used to repair or replace damaged or destroyed property in a declared disaster, including real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
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