Kentucky Severe Storms, Tornadoes, And Flooding (DR-1976)

Incident period: April 12, 2011 to May 20, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 4, 2011

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 27, 2011
News Release
NOAA’s National Weather Service ranks April 2011 as the most active tornado month on record with 750 tornadoes across the U.S. There were a reported 361 fatalities. The April 27 “Super Outbreak” spawned four intensely destructive EF-5 and 11 EF-4 tornados across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. These storms launched an immediate response from the whole community, which included local, state, and federal agencies, voluntary, faith-based and community groups, the private sector and the public.
August 22, 2011
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Since being designated for federal disaster assistance in May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved $40,986,872 in assistance to Kentuckians affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 12 to May 20. FEMA has approved more than $7.7 million in Individual Assistance (IA) and $932,677 in Other Needs
August 11, 2011
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Since the beginning of the recovery effort from the spring storms in Kentucky, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been assisted by a pool of 17 local residents hired to work with FEMA staff to provide disaster assistance to the Commonwealth. The people hired locally come to FEMA with varied backgrounds but share a common goal to help their fellow Kentuckians get back on their feet. They joined the FEMA team following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the Commonwealth between April 12 and May 20.
August 5, 2011
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Since being designated for federal disaster assistance May 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved $24,922,176 in assistance to Kentuckians affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 12 to May 20.
July 27, 2011
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Since being designated for federal disaster assistance May 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved $21,033,185 in assistance to Kentuckians affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 12 to May 20.
July 21, 2011
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Long after the flood waters have receded and the devastation begins to fade from memory, voluntary organizations remain committed to helping those most adversely affected by the powerful Spring storms put their lives back in order. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management officials want to assure those Kentuckians most in need of recovery assistance that some form of help will be available through Long Term Recovery Groups established in seven counties throughout the Commonwealth.

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