LEXINGTON, KY. -- Following close on the heels of a May 11 Presidential Disaster Declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, more than $2.1M has been approved to help storm-weary Kentuckians recover from the May 1 and continuing severe storms, floods, mudslides, and tornadoes.
"The dollar amount of recovery assistance in the Commonwealth will continue to rise as more applications for individual assistance, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and Public Assistance are processed," said Federal Coordinating Officer Doug Mayne.
At the close of business Sunday, May 16, approved assistance included more than $1.8 million in housing assistance (e.g. rental assistance, home repair assistance) and more than $320,000 in other needs (e.g. personal property loss, medical costs, and other serious disaster –related expenses not covered by insurance.)
"This is good news and is providing much needed help", said John Heltzel, Director of KYEM. "This has been, and continues to be a team effort, and we certainly appreciate everyone’s hard work."
The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), and SBA officials today say they had received nearly 1,000 registrations. Officials indicate that at least 300 more known requests for individual aid are in the application process.
Eight Commonwealth counties, Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Woodford have been designated for FEMA Individual Assistance support.
In addition, infrastructure assistance to Commonwealth, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities was designated for Allen, Hart, Lewis, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Rockcastle counties.
Officials continue conducting preliminary damage assessments in other counties across the Commonwealth, which were impacted by the severe storms, and additional counties are expected to be asked to be added to the federal disaster declaration as they are assessed.
Commonwealth and FEMA officials strongly encourage people affected by the storms and flooding in these counties to apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. The toll-free numbers are staffed seven days a week, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. until further notice. Assistance is available in all languages.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.