FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Working jointly with their partners from the Commonwealth of Kentucky officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue assessing damages from the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. FEMA and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) have been on the ground in affected areas for more than two weeks conducting these assessments.
FEMA conducts damage assessments at the request of the Commonwealth, and uses these assessments to evaluate any requests for federal disaster assistance. On May 4, 2011, President Obama signed a federal disaster declaration for the Commonwealth, with federal aid, known as Public Assistance available to state and local governments. To date, 44 Kentucky counties are eligible for Public Assistance under the declaration.
At this time, the federal disaster declaration provides assistance to state and local governments in their efforts to protect lives and property and to repair or replace damaged infrastructure. As FEMA and KYEM officials continue their assessments, further additions to the disaster declaration may be made, potentially including assistance for affected households, known as Individual Assistance.
Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams are inspecting damaged areas, documenting the damages and meeting with local officials. The teams are examining damages to both public infrastructure, and private residences. Thus far, joint FEMA/Commonwealth teams have conducted Public Assistance PDAs in 53Kentucky counties and Individual Assistance PDAs in 11 counties. Based on the results of these assessments, the federal disaster declaration may be expanded to include assistance for households or for additional Public Assistance counties not currently part of the federal disaster declaration. Residents with property damage should document the damage with photos, save repair receipts and report any damages to their local county emergency manager.
FEMA disaster assistance is not the only source of aid that may be available to affected Kentuckians. Many other federal, state and local programs may be able to assist affected households as well as local nonprofit and community organizations. If you have unmet needs, or know others that do, please notify your local emergency management.
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.