The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of July 11-20, 2015.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals
in the counties of Carter, Johnson,
Rowan, and Trimble.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost
loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help
individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to state, tribal, and eligible local
governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis
for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the
severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and
mudslides in the counties of Bracken, Breathitt, Carroll, Carter, Clay,
Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Magoffin, Menifee,
Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan,
Spencer, Trimble, Washington, and Wolfe
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation
measures for the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by
the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FEMA said that people and business owners who sustained losses in the
designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering
online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or
by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and
speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to
9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.