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Kentucky Survivors Affected by Severe Storms Can Apply for FEMA Assistance

Release Date Release Number
DR-4595-KY NR 001
Release Date:
April 27, 2021

ATLANTA – Kentucky homeowners and renters affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that occurred from February 27 to March 14, 2021, and who live in counties that have recently been designated for Individual Assistance, may now apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

The designated counties are: Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin and Powell. Additional counties may be designated at a later date if requested by the Commonwealth and warranted by the results of further assessments.

If you have homeowners or renter’s insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may then be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply for FEMA assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption, or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

You can also register via smartphone or tablet by downloading the FEMA app from our website or through your mobile provider’s application store.

When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted;
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
  • Your Social Security number, if available;
  • A general list of damage and losses; and
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name.

Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.

Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.

For the latest information on Kentucky severe storms, visit Kentucky Severe Storms (DR-4595-KY) | FEMA.gov. Follow the FEMA Region 4 Twitter account at https://twitter.com/femaregion4.  

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Last updated April 27, 2021