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Recovery Update – Kentucky Storms

Release Date:
July 15, 2021

FEMA Registration Deadline Approaching July 23

Kentucky homeowners, renters and business owners who had property damage or loss caused by the severe storms from Feb. 27 to March 14 may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Less than two weeks remain to apply until the July 23 registration deadline.

If you live in one of the 31 counties included in the Kentucky federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance, you can apply, update your contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections, or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision by:

  • Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Downloading the FEMA app by texting ANDROID or APPLE to 43362; or
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time. Multilingual operators are available during those hours (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Those who use a Relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should provide their specific number assigned to that service. It is important that FEMA can contact you. Phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

The counties designated for Individual Assistance are Anderson, Breathitt, Boyd, Clark, Clay, Estill, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greenup, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Warren and Woodford.

You should have the following information available to register:

  • Address of the damaged primary dwelling where damage occurred;
  • Current mailing address, telephone number and Social Security number;
  • Your insurance information;
  • Total household annual income;
  • Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit; and
  • A description of disaster damage and losses.


The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a physical disaster loan to July 23.

Businesses and individuals may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded at sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 23, 2021. The deadline to return economic-injury applications is Jan. 24, 2022.

Recovery Progress – More than $29.8 million provided in Kentucky

  • FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $19 million in flood insurance claims in Kentucky. Some 633 claims have been submitted. (A major disaster declaration is not required for flood-insurance claims, which may be submitted from any county.)
  • For losses not covered by insurance, FEMA has approved more than $6.2 million in Individual Assistance disaster grants for Kentucky homeowners and renters. Grants may help survivors with rent, home repairs, home replacement and other disaster- related needs such as personal property, childcare, and medical and dental expenses. More than 1,060 households have been approved.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved 110 low-interest disaster loans for more than $4.6 million.


Find out more at Steps to Take When Applying with FEMA | FEMA.gov

Get tips on hiring a contractor for home repair at Tips for Hiring a Contractor for Home Repair (fema.gov).

Videos about FEMA Assistance with closed captioning and American Sign Language interpretation available here.

For more information on Kentucky’s disaster recovery, visit https://kyem.ky.gov and www.fema.gov/disaster/4595. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and  Twitter @FEMARegion4.