U.S. Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced this evening that President Obama issued a major disaster declaration (FEMA-4057-DR) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, triggering the release of federal funds to help people recover from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred February 29 to March 3, 2012.
The declaration comes only one day after Congressman Rogers led the Kentucky Congressional delegation to sign a letter in support of Governor Beshear's request to the President for an expedited federal emergency declaration in the wake of the deadly storms that swept across the state on Friday, March 2, 2012. This declaration paves the way for federal assistance to aid Kentuckians struggling with the loss of homes, debris removal, lost possessions and damaged structures.
"This is a critical first step toward recovery," stated Rogers. "I appreciate FEMA and federal officials moving swiftly to approve individual assistance for Kentucky families, many of whom are facing complete loss. First responders, Red Cross volunteers, state emergency personnel, and Kentucky National Guardsmen have been steadfastly on the scene. This is the next wave of support to find temporary housing and basic needs for our people as we dig out and rebuild."
This immediate declaration offers Individual Assistance (IA) to impacted individuals in Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Morgan, Menifee, and Pendleton counties. Public Assistance (PA) has not yet been determined. Modification of this declaration is likely, as damage assessments continue throughout the Commonwealth.During the recovery process, Rogers reminds storm survivors to take photographs to document the damage on public and private property. FEMA officials say photographs are beneficial when applying for federal emergency aid.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit www.halrogers.house.gov.