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Kentucky Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1976)

Incident period: April 12, 2011 to May 20, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 04, 2011


October 27, 2011 - News Release

NOAA’s National Weather Service ranks April 2011 as the most active tornado month on record with 750 tornadoes across the U.S. There were a reported 361 fatalities. The April 27 “Super Outbreak” spawned four intensely destructive EF-5 and 11 EF-4 tornados across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. These storms launched an immediate response from the whole community, which included local, state, and federal agencies, voluntary, faith-based and community groups, the private sector and the public.

August 22, 2011 - News Release

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Since being designated for federal disaster assistance in May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved $40,986,872 in assistance to Kentuckians affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 12 to May 20. FEMA has approved more than $7.7 million in Individual Assistance (IA) and $932,677 in Other Needs

August 11, 2011 - News Release

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Since the beginning of the recovery effort from the spring storms in Kentucky, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been assisted by a pool of 17 local residents hired to work with FEMA staff to provide disaster assistance to the Commonwealth. The people hired locally come to FEMA with varied backgrounds but share a common goal to help their fellow Kentuckians get back on their feet. They joined the FEMA team following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the Commonwealth between April 12 and May 20.

Geographic Information

Map of declared counties for [Kentucky Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1976)]

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 1,139 $9,239,830.23 $8,314,603.44 $925,226.79
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 05:11 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $32,698,799.15 $5,888,017.06 $25,732,843.09
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 06:27 (Updated daily)

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Kentucky, FEMA-1976-DR (PDF 19KB)