Kentucky Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-1746)

Incident period: February 5, 2008 to February 6, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 21, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 17, 2008
News Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- There is still time to register for storm disaster assistance. It would be smart to act now, according to disaster recovery officials. "If you live in one of the 15 Kentucky counties eligible for federal disaster assistance and you suffered any losses from the tornadoes and severe storms in early February, you owe it to yourself to register for federal assistance - even if you aren't sure whether you qualify for aid," said Michael Bolch, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official who is leading the agency's Kentucky recovery program.
March 17, 2008
News Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- People who have applied for a federal disaster housing assistance grant to help cover costs from the Feb. 5-6 Kentucky storms shouldn't despair if the first response they receive is negative. Every applicant has the right to appeal and, depending on the circumstances, may be able to reverse the initial ruling, said disaster recovery officials.
March 15, 2008
News Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky farmers in 58 counties who sustained losses to their farm dwellings, machinery and other farm structures related to the February tornadoes, storms and flooding may, if eligible, receive financial assistance, including low-interest emergency loans, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) to help them restore agricultural operations.
March 15, 2008
News Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- More than $2.2 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans has been approved to help Kentucky survivors of tornadoes and severe storms Feb. 5-6 recover from their losses. The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that, as of close of business Thursday, $2,207,995 in assistance has been authorized.
March 13, 2008
News Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Did you lose wages as a result of the severe storms and tornadoes that wreaked havoc in the commonwealth of Kentucky on Feb 5-6? If so, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. The unemployment benefits are funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the state.
March 12, 2008
News Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) that are open in six Kentucky counties this week to assist people who suffered losses from the Feb. 5-6 tornadoes will be closing soon, but this does not mean an end to the opportunity to apply for federal assistance or to obtain help with an application or appeal.

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How to Apply for Assistance

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» Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) / 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Kentucky, FEMA-1746-DR (PDF 52KB)
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