LEXINGTON, Ky. – More than $5.5 million has been approved in federal disaster grants and loans
for Kentuckians affected by the July severe storms, flooding and mudslides.
In two weeks since the disaster declaration, financial assistance approved for affected residents
- Nearly $4.7 million in Housing Assistance from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
- More than $340,000 in Other Needs Assistance, a joint state-federal program that helps homeowners and renters replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
- Nearly $470,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster home loans. These loans are available to homeowners and renters as well as businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
Since President Obama declared a major disaster on July 23, officials from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been working in close partnership to help affected residents get back on their feet.
Pike County residents became eligible to apply for assistance under the declaration; Carter and Lewis counties were added this week for Individual Assistance. Local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in Carter, Elliott, Pike, Lewis and Shelby counties can apply for federal funding for emergency work, debris removal and to repair and restore disaster-damaged infrastructure.
“We are seeing a rapid flow of assistance to Kentuckians who suffered losses during this disaster,” KYEM Director John Heltzel said.
Community Relations specialists have been reaching out to families one by one in Pike County for the last two weeks and will be serving affected areas in Carter and Lewis counties to make sure people know about assistance programs that may be available to them.
- More than 1,400 people have registered with FEMA for state and federal disaster assistance.
- More than 1,000 damaged homes have been inspected by FEMA.
- More than 1,000 people have visited two mobile Disaster Recovery Centers that opened in Pike County on July 26. The centers in Pikeville and Marrowbone are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Locations in Carter and Lewis will be open next week.
- More than 1,600 people have talked with FEMA mitigation specialists staffing a display at Lowe’s in Pikeville. This community outreach effort provides people with information on how to clean up and rebuild safer after a flood. More than 2,700 pieces of literature have been distributed. Mitigation specialists in Disaster Recovery Centers have counseled more than 400 people, providing flood insurance information and rebuilding advice.
Local governments, state agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations in Carter, Elliott, Lewis, Pike and Shelby can apply to FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Funding, on a cost-share basis, can reimburse communities for emergency work and debris removal associated with the disaster and to repair or replace flood-damaged infrastructure. Kentucky Public Assistance staff members hold Applicants’ Briefings to explain the process to local officials.
Under the disaster declaration, all 120 counties in Kentucky are eligible to apply for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which helps state and local governments with projects to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property during future disasters.
The U.S. Small Business Administration, which partners with FEMA in the disaster recovery, can approve loans to repair or repla...