Kentucky Severe Winter Storm and Flooding (DR-1818)

Incident period: January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 5, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 26, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Dave Kitzman walks in and out of trainees bent over computers, pointing to a notation and offering encouragement to the group learning the ins and outs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program. Kitzman is one of 60 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retirees called up for temporary duty to assist in documenting damages from the catastrophic ice storm that struck Kentucky in January.
February 24, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, K.Y. -- Teams of recovery specialists are spreading out across the Commonwealth to assist communities and private nonprofits in their recovery from the worst ice storm in Kentucky history. "We are working with FEMA to ensure our communities get the technical assistance and advice they need to get help with the tremendous costs related to this unprecedented disaster," said Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, director of the Kentucky Division of ?Emergency Management.
February 20, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Less than a month after a brutal ice storm marched through Kentucky, power is back to more than 700,000 customers, all emergency shelters have closed and the recovery is in full swing. The catastrophic ice storm - the worst natural disaster in modern Kentucky history - prompted a coordinated, rapid flow of food, water, technology and generators to the commonwealth. 
February 19, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- State and federal officials are using new technology to get out important recovery information for the Kentucky disaster. A message by Brigadier General John W. Heltzel, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management Division (KYEM), was posted Wednesday on YouTube.
February 17, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, KY -- Kentuckians affected by the ice storm are urged by commonwealth and federal recovery officials to use caution when hiring a contractor to move debris and for home or business repairs.
February 17, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, KY -- Rushing to Kentucky after its disastrous ice storm was a FEMA strike force known as the Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS), designed to rapidly set up communications links in disaster-stricken areas. Composed of high-tech vehicles, highly trained crews and trailers of support equipment, MERS convoys converged on Kentucky from bases at Thomasville, Ga., and Frederick, Md. Sheets of ice had snapped tree limbs, severed power lines and took out phone lines and cellular towers, leaving emergency responders without communications in large areas.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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