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.
KYEM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) joined in developing the message to urge local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations to seek federal reimbursement for emergency sheltering, protective services and debris removal costs incurred as a result of the recent ice storm.
"This is a first for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and offers a new approach to getting the message out," said General Heltzel.?? "We certainly appreciate FEMA helping us with this message method.? They continue to be a valuable partner throughout the response to this disaster."
To view or link to the online message go to www.youtube.com/FEMA
President Obama's Feb. 5 disaster declaration authorized Public Assistance for state agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in 93 Kentucky counties.? Commonwealth officials have gathered data for the possibility of nine additional counties to be requested as add-ons to the disaster, at a later date.
Eligible applicants need to take the first step in the process ? submitting a Request for Public Assistance form to their local Emergency Manager by March 6.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and man-made disasters.