FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Since being designated for federal disaster assistance May 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved $24,922,176 in assistance to Kentuckians affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 12 to May 20.
FEMA has approved more than $7.6 million in Individual Assistance (IA) and $911,299 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) as part of the ongoing recovery efforts for residents of 22 Commonwealth counties. The IA funds help residents repair their damaged homes and find temporary housing following the disaster. The ONA funds assist with expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, and moving and storage fees.
The SBA has approved loans totaling more than $4.8 million for individuals and businesses.
The counties included in the May declaration for IA are: Ballard, Boyd, Carlisle, Carroll, Crittenden, Daviess, Floyd, Fulton, Graves, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Pike, Union and Webster.
In addition, 76 counties throughout the Commonwealth were designated for Public Assistance, FEMA's program that helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public and certain private nonprofit facilities damaged or destroyed during the storms. To date, more than $11.4 million has been approved for Commonwealth and local governments in those counties.
- 2,036 Kentuckians in designated counties registered for FEMA Individual Assistance by the July 18 application deadline.
- 1,126 applicants have been approved for aid as of Aug. 4.
- $7,678,445 has been approved for housing assistance.
- $911,299 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance.
- 1,685 inspections of damaged properties have been conducted.
- 1,309 U.S. Small Business Administration loan applications have been issued. 264 have been returned.
- $4,867,300 in SBA loans has been approved.
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.