LEXINGTON, Ky. -- More than $8.7 million has been approved in federal disaster grants and loans for Kentuckians affected by the July severe storms, flooding and mudslides.
Residents in Carter, Lewis, Madison, Mason, Pike and Rowan counties who suffered losses or damages as a result of the disaster can now register for assistance with FEMA.
In the three weeks since the July 23 disaster declaration, financial assistance approved for Kentucky residents as of Aug. 12, includes:
- More than $6.2 million in Housing Assistance grants from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
- More than $525,000 in Other Needs Assistance, a joint state-federal program that helps homeowners and renters replace personal property and pay for medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
- More than $1.9 million 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.
Officials from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been working in close partnership to help affected residents and communities recover. To date:
- More than 1,900 people have registered with FEMA for state and federal disaster assistance.
- More than 1,400 damaged homes have been inspected by FEMA.
- Nearly 1,700 people have visited one of the four Disaster Recovery Centers open to provide
in-person assistance with registration, SBA Disaster loan applications and mitigation.
- More than 2,400 people have talked with FEMA mitigation specialists staffing displays at
Lowe’s in Pikeville and at Farmers True Value Hardware Store in Grayson. More than 3,500 pieces of literature have been distributed on topics ranging from flood insurance to how to rebuild safer after a flood.
FEMA Community Relations specialists have been going door to door in Carter, Lewis and Pike counties to provide information to residents, businesses, community-and faith-based organizations. They are explaining the disaster assistance process, encouraging people to return SBA loan applications and giving them directions to Disaster Recovery Centers for in-person help. Teams will also go to Madison, Mason and Rowan counties beginning next week.
Community Relations teams also reach out to the community at special events, such as the Flood Relief for Kids program at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville and the Carter County Fair.
Local governments, state agencies and certain eligible nonprofit organizations in Carter, Elliott, Madison, Lewis, Pike, and Shelby counties may apply for reimbursement for disaster-related expenses for emergency work, debris removal and to repair or replace public property damaged or destroyed by the storm. The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management is conducting Applicant’s Briefings, the first step in the Public Assistance process.
Under the disaster declaration, all 120 counties in Kentucky are eligible to apply through KYEM
for funding from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program helps state and
local governments with projects to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property during
The U.S. Small Business Administration, which partners with FEMA in the disaster recovery, can approve loans to repair or replace flood-damaged real estate. A completed SBA disaster home loan application is a critical component to be considered for some FEMA assistance.
Individuals can get registration assistance and information at a Disaster Rec...