Kentucky Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, and Tornadoes


Incident Period: Dec 10, 2021 - Dec 11, 2021

Declaration Date: Dec 12, 2021

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Help for Individuals and Families After a Disaster

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If you have insurance, you should file a claim with your insurance company immediately. FEMA assistance cannot aid with losses already covered by insurance.

Apply for Disaster Assistance

The fastest way to apply is through You can also apply by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or through the FEMA mobile app.

Learn more about the application process.

Get Immediate Help

Find help with needs that FEMA is not authorized to provide. Check with your local emergency management officials, voluntary agencies or by dialing your local 2-1-1.

I Was Told to Call the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established facilities to provide business owners, nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters with answers to their questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete their electronic loan application. These facilities can be either virtual or brick-and-mortar, depending on the circumstances surrounding the disaster and other factors. Click here for more information:

To obtain information about the type of facility serving your area, the location(s), and the hours of operation, visit the section below titled “Local Resources” or call the SBA’s Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email

See more about SBA loans.

I Applied for Assistance. What's Next?

You will receive notification letters from FEMA either by U.S. mail or by electronic correspondence explaining your next steps. If you reported during the application process that you received damage and are not able to live in your primary residence, an inspector will contact you by phone to schedule an inspection. All inspections will be conducted without entering your residence. When inspectors arrive at your home they will maintain social distance, visually assess the exterior of the residence, and verbally confirm the interior damage over the phone.

"Help After a Disaster" Brochures

Translated into 27 languages, the "Help After a Disaster" brochure is a tool that can be shared in your community to help people understand the types of FEMA assistance that may be available to support individuals and families in disaster recovery.

Download brochures.

Additional Local Resources

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Friday, Feb. 11.

Survivors who are unable to visit a recovery center may continue to apply for assistance at, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS) or captioned telephone service, give FEMA the number for that service. Helpline operators are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.

You also may visit the Disaster Recovery Center Locator to find additional DRC locations online.


Five recovery centers are open 8a to 6pm at these fixed locations:

CALDWELL COUNTY Butler Gymnasium, 600 W. Main St., Princeton, KY 42445

GRAVES COUNTY Graves County Public Library, 601 N. 17th St., Mayfield, KY 42066

HOPKINS COUNTY Community Center, 108 W. Keigan St., Dawson Springs, KY 42408

HOPKINS COUNTY Mike’s Old Pharmacy, 104 S. Lee Trover Todd Jr. Hwy., Earlington, KY 42410

WARREN COUNTY Former Sears location at Greenwood Mall, 2625 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104


Four Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. local time this week:
All locations are open 8am to 6pm CST.

TAYLOR COUNTY Old Firehouse, 1563 Greensburg Road, Campbellsville, KY 42718: Tuesday, Jan. 25

BARREN COUNTY Cave City Police Department, 103 Duke St., Cave City, KY 42127: Tuesday, Jan. 25

MARION COUNTY Marion County Schools Administration Building and Marion County court Clerk: 223 N. Spalding Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033: Tuesday, Jan. 25

LOGAN COUNTY Logan County Extension Services, 255 John Paul Road, Russellville, KY 42276: Wednesday, Jan. 26

You may visit any Disaster Recovery Center and meet with FEMA staff and representatives of other federal and state agencies. Specialists at the centers are available to answer your questions, including those about delays in receiving a response from FEMA about your eligibility for assistance. They can also help to upload documents to your account. The centers also allow access to technology equipment for those with disabilities. If you need specialized technology equipment, tell the specialist when you call the FEMA Helpline.

Survivors who are unable to visit a recovery center have other options to apply for FEMA assistance: visit, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS) or captioned telephone service, give FEMA the number for that service. Helpline operators are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.

FEMA Response Actions

Disaster recovery is a whole community effort. Federal, state and local partners and non-governmental organizations are working together to support Kentucky, the disaster-impacted communities and the survivors.

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) activated its Disaster Distress Helpline. This free, multilingual (available in Spanish and ASL), crisis support service is available 24/7 by telephone or text at 800-985-5990 for disaster survivors in Kentucky experiencing emotional distress.

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Beware of Fraud and Scams

FEMA employees are in Kentucky conducting housing inspections and going door to door helping with applications for assistance and providing information about other resources for survivors.

These personnel carry official photo-ID badges. They do not charge for services. They will have your FEMA application number for housing inspections.

Ways to Report Fraud or Scams

For more information, visit FEMA's Disaster Fraud page.



Emergency Shelter: Locate options by zip code by visiting the American Red Cross or Salvation Army, or by texting SHELTER and your zip code (for example, “SHELTER 01234”) to 4FEMA (43362). For Spanish text REFUGIO and your zip code (Standard text message rates apply.) You can also download the FEMA mobile app to find open shelters.

Clean Up After a Disaster

Following any emergency, always follow the instructions given by state, local or tribal emergency management officials.

Debris should be sorted into 5 categories: vegetative debris (tree branches, logs, leaves, plants), hazardous waste (oil, batteries, paint, cleaning supplies, compressed gas), electronics (TV’s, computers, phones, DVDs), construction debris (building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing), and large appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, water heaters, dishwashers).

Place debris only in the right of way (within 15 feet of the curb or edge of the street).  Do not place debris on or near utility boxes, water meter covers, near trees, poles, fire hydrants, or other structures.  Please do not place debris in the roadway.  If your insurance company is coordinating debris removal from your property, follow their instructions.

Additional Resources


Kentucky Governor Tornado Resources page

Kentucky Tornado Information Center 

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Media Toolkit

How to Help

Volunteer and Donate

Recovery can take many years after a disaster. There are many ways to help such as donating cash, needed items or your time. Learn more about how to help those in need.

Don’t self-deploy to disaster areas. Trusted organizations in the affected areas know where volunteers are needed. Work with an established organization to make sure you have the appropriate safety, training and skills needed to respond.

FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs) build relationships and coordinate efforts with voluntary, faith-based and community organizations active in disasters.

Doing Business with FEMA

If you are interested in providing paid services and goods for disaster relief, visit our Doing Business with FEMA page to get started.

If you own a business involved with debris removal and want to work on clean-up efforts in affected areas, please contact the local government in affected areas to offer your services.

Funding Obligations

Individual Assistance Amount
Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved $7,748,036.18
Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved $3,220,529.13
Total Individual & Households Program Dollars Approved $10,968,565.31
Individual Assistance Applications Approved 1756
Last updated January 27, 2022