Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, Mud and Rock Slides, and Tornadoes (DR-1475)

Incident period: June 14, 2003 to June 27, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 2, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 29, 2003
News Release
Richmond, KY -- Eligible individuals in Knox County can now receive federal and state assistance in recovering from the severe storms and flooding that struck Kentucky in May and June. Knox County's addition to the July 2 disaster declaration comes following a review of additional information regarding damages incurred as a result of the severe storms, flooding, mud- and rockslides, and tornadoes June 14 through June 27.
July 25, 2003
News Release
Frankfort, KY -- Disaster assistance totaling $3.8 million has been approved so far to help Kentuckians hit by a series of fierce storms, floods, slides and tornadoes in June, federal and state officials said. "We are working hard with our state, local and volunteer partners to help these stricken areas recover as quickly as possible," said Scott Wells, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort.
July 24, 2003
News Release
Frankfort, KY -- The immediate danger from the severe May and June storms is in the past, but children may still be showing signs of shock and trauma. It is important for parents and other caregivers to be aware of what these signs are and to know what to do -- and what not to do -- about them. Signs that children are troubled include: fear of being left alone, wanting to sleep in parents' room or bed, wanting to keep a light on all night, bed wetting, thumb-sucking, nightmares, fear of the dark, not wanting to go to school or making trouble in class.
July 24, 2003
News Release
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $103,000 grant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to help survivors of the severe June storms cope with emotional stress left by the disaster.
July 23, 2003
News Release
Frankfort, KY. - Two Disaster Recovery Centers in the Eastern Kentucky communities of Grayson and Hazard will close at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, state and federal disaster relief officials said today. The centers assist individuals affected by the storms, floods, slides, and tornadoes that struck the state between June 14 and June 27. On hand are federal and state disaster workers, crisis counselors, voluntary agencies and representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) who help homeowners, renters, and business owners fill out disaster loan applications.
July 22, 2003
News Release
Frankfort, KY - May and June storm victims who receive loan applications from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should take the time to fill them out - even if they don't want a loan, urged disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. Many of the people who call the toll-free number - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - and apply for assistance will receive an SBA loan application within seven to ten days of making the call.

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