FEMA Aid to Kentucky Tornado Recovery Tops $4 Million
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have approved more than $4.4 million for survivors of this month’s tornadoes and severe weather occurring Feb. 29-March 3, 2012.
"I appreciate the focused and aggressive efforts by Kentucky Emergency Management and FEMA to assess damages and get needed assistance to our families who suffered losses during the deadly storms," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "We will continue to work with these partners to ensure our citizens and communities get every resource available to them to assist in recovery."
Approximately 3,000 survivors in designated counties have contacted FEMA for help or information regarding disaster assistance. Many people have sought housing assistance from FEMA because their primary residence has been damaged or destroyed.
- Approximately $3.7 million has been approved for housing assistance, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.
- More than 600 households have received FEMA grants to help pay for temporary housing.
- More than 2,200 homes sustained damages. Of those, more than 650 were destroyed.
- Approximately $680,000 has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- More than 1,100 inspections of damaged properties have been conducted.
- Six disaster recovery centers are open.
- More than 600 visits have been made to disaster recovery centers by affected people.
The 21 counties in the Commonwealth that are currently eligible for Individual Assistance are Bath, Campbell, Carroll, Grant, Grayson, Johnson, Kenton, Larue, Laurel, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Rowan, Russell, Trimble and Wolfe. Individual assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.
FEMA is working with the Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide sheltering for survivors in the affected counties who lost their homes as a result of the tornadoes.
The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to homes and businesses for losses not covered by insurance.
Survivors should be on alert for scam artists who approach them soliciting personal information, such as Social Security or bank account numbers, or asking for money. Call the disaster fraud hotline at 800-323-8603 if you suspect any fraudulent activity has occurred.
Disaster unemployment assistance may be available for those who lost work as a result of the tornadoes. Additionally, farmers and the self-employed who would normally be ineligible for unemployment assistance also may be eligible.
FEMA contract inspectors have been contacting survivors to schedule appointments to review disaster-related damages. The turnaround on completing inspections is about 48 hours.
There are three ways to register with FEMA for help or information regarding disaster assistance: call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in many languages. Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Register using a tablet or Smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.
Disaster applicants who use TTY should call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service should call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, every day.
Kentucky Emergency Management urges anyone who has storm damage to their residence or other property to document the damage by photographing or videoing it, if possible, and maintain a list of any repairs and keep repair receipts. Report the damage and location to your county emergency manager. Survivors must still register with FEMA to be considered for federal disaster assistance.
More disaster specific information can be found on the Kentucky Emergency Management website at www.kyem.ky.gov.
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.