FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Seven counties in Southeastern Kentucky have been designated for Public Assistance (PA) grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for costs to public organizations for clean up and repair of damage resulting from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck between June 19 and 23.
The primary goal of the PA program is to provide reimbursement to eligible public organizations for emergency response to the storms as well as the repair and replacement of damaged public facilities. Applicants eligible for PA grants include Commonwealth and local governments and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations that provide an essential governmental service.
The counties designated for PA are: Bell, Breathitt, Knott, Knox, Lee, Magoffin and Perry.
"Every time our state has weathered a natural disaster, I have immediately called on our local and state emergency management teams to begin damage assessments so we can get our communities the help they need to recover," said Governor Steve Beshear.
"I'm pleased that we have received public assistance for these affected counties, and we will continue to work with FEMA to ensure those recovery funds flow quickly and efficiently."
FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Steve Ward said FEMA recognizes the financial burden of response and recovery costs on the Commonwealth and local government, and non-profit agencies.
"Our goal after every disaster is to help agencies obtain the maximum disaster assistance they are eligible for under the law," Ward said. "The assistance now available will help significantly reduce the impact of the storm's cost on local budgets."
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management officials have conducted an Applicant Briefing for representatives of Commonwealth and local government agencies and other eligible applicants to explain the application procedure, administrative requirements, funding and program-eligibility criteria.
Individual Assistance also was requested by Governor Beshear to assist residents and business owners who suffered damage, but that decision has not been determined. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the Commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
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.