FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Less than one week after being designated for Individual Assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1.1 million in disaster assistance for affected homeowners, renters and business in the Commonwealth.
“We have worked hard since the April storms and flooding hit to make sure our communities and families got all the help they need to recover from this disaster. I’m pleased that FEMA has worked alongside our local emergency management teams to assess damages to private property quickly. We’ll continue to do everything we can to get our families back on their feet,” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
The funds are for residents of 11 Kentucky counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance on May 19. This financial assistance is intended to help impacted individuals with housing needs, including funds for temporary housing, home repair and uninsured personal property losses. To date, 379 Kentucky residents have registered for federal disaster assistance.
“These funds are just the beginning of the federal recovery effort in Kentucky,” said Steve Ward, federal coordinating officer. “FEMA continues to rapidly approve assistance to affected residents so they can begin the process of rebuilding.”
Federal assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes is available in the following counties: Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Marshall, McCracken, Livingston, Union and Webster. Individuals who suffered damages in those counties should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. To register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. The toll-free numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.
Joint damage assessments continue in other counties and additional counties may be added for Individual Assistance. Residents that suffered storm and flood related damage are encouraged to document and photograph the damage and keep any repair receipts. Please report any damage to you 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.