Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
July 22, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $17.8 million to help reimburse six Kentucky co-ops and rural electric cooperative corporations (RECC) for emergency response and repair costs resulting from last winter's devastating ice storm.
April 9, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. - More than $49 million worth of public works projects have now been approved in Kentucky to receive aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after last January's ice storm - and this is only the beginning.
April 6, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Mild spring weather can have a down side after a hard winter. On sunny days people tend to take advantage and do outside chores, which may include burning debris left by last winter's ice storm. These fires can be, and often are dangerous, even deadly.
April 2, 2009
Disaster Federal Register Notice
March 30, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More than $28 million in Kentucky public works projects, almost all related to emergency protective measures and debris removal from January's crippling ice storm, has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's portion for the more than 100 projects is $21.3 million - money that will ease the financial burden on state and local governments still cleaning up or repairing infrastructure after Kentucky's worst natural event in modern history.
March 23, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The January ice storm has passed, but the mess remains. More than 11 million cubic yards of debris - enough to pile up 8 feet high on 10,000 basketball courts - was left in the wake of the crippling winter killer. Although the roads have been cleared, fallen trees and branches still dot an otherwise picturesque landscape. Now the debris removal mission set in motion by Kentucky's worst modern-day natural disaster will be augmented by an annual endeavor: Commonwealth Cleanup Week (March 25-31).
March 19, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Though Kentucky has taken great strides in reducing its flood damages over the years, Mother Nature can never be completely tamed. As spring brings a new flood season, Kentuckians should be prepared for the unexpected. Truly a river state, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has 89,000 miles of rivers and streams, the most of any state besides Alaska. These waterways, together with many lakes and dams, create the most total shoreline of any state besides Florida. And with the beauty comes some risk.
March 17, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Where it can rain, it can flood. Kentucky is all too familiar with the destruction caused by flash floods and rising water. The Commonwealth has had to deal repeatedly with the costly damage that accounts for 90 percent of all natural disasters nationwide each year. Many people have learned too late that most homeowners' policies do not cover floods. If you do buy flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, remember there is a 30-day waiting period before the policy becomes effective.
March 13, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The ice storm that crippled Kentucky in January knocked out power to more than 700,000 customers and blocked roads with debris. But this week's decision to provide more federal assistance to Kentucky will reduce the statewide tab for repair and cleanup.
March 10, 2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky is one of only nine states in the nation to have an enhanced State Mitigation Plan. Because the plan was in effect during the recent ice storm, the Commonwealth will be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding equivalent to 20 percent of total federal disaster assistance for the ice storm. Kentucky's available federal mitigation funding will exceed $47 million, judging by current damage estimates. This amount will be in addition to the total amount of federal disaster assistance going to the state.