FEMA Aid Available for Storm Victims

Saturday, Aug 6 Update

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Individual Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for Kentuckians in Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, and Whitley counties. As of Aug. 6, the total number of counties eligible for assistance stands at 12.


Thursday, Aug 4 Update

FEMA added Owsley County to the list of impacted areas approved for Individual Assistance. Additional FEMA Mobile Registration Centers were added in Floyd and Pike counties. You can see a list of all centers here.


Tuesday, Aug 2 Update

President Biden approved residents in two more counties on Tuesday for FEMA Individual Assistance. Impacted storm victims in Pike and Floyd counties can now apply as well online or through the phone.

FEMA has also opened Mobile Registration Centers in the following locations:

  • Breathitt County – 421 Jett Drive, Jackson, KY 41339
  • Clay County – Clay Community Center – 311 Highway 638, Manchester, KY 40962
  • Knott County – Knott County Sportsplex – 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn, KY 41831
  • Letcher County – Letcher County Recreation Center – 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY, 41858
  • Perry County – Hazard Community and Technical College – 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701

The centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


Kentucky flood victims can now apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. Impacted renters and homeowners in Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher, and Perry counties are eligible for individual aid, and Kentucky has requested that FEMA add Floyd, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, and Pike counties. The financial help comes as rescue and recovery crews continue to search for victims and communities begin the process of assessing the damage and restoring vital services.

Governor Andy Beshear provided an update on the recovery process during a Monday morning news conference. The death toll climbed to 37 on Monday, but the governor warned that the number is expected to increase.

Beshear thanked mayors and local officials for their steady and vital leadership at the local level. More than 12,000 people remain without power ‒ half the initial amount when the storm hit last week. Cell phone providers have restored service in most areas.

Kentucky is bringing in travel trailers used in December’s western Kentucky tornado recovery, and state parks continue to house flood victims. Kentuckians needing shelter or other vital services can find a list of resources at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

Kentuckians in the impacted flood areas of Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher, and Perry counties can apply for FEMA aid at Disasterassistance.gov or 800-621-3362.

Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) and Beshear have discussed ways to help cities and other local governments impacted by the storms when the legislature returns in January. “All of our eastern Kentucky members are actively working with local authorities and emergency management services to ensure the safety of those impacted and are poised to work with the governor to do whatever is needed,” Stivers said. “The entire caucus is here to support eastern Kentucky residents in their time of need.”

House Speaker David Osborne (R-Prospect) also stressed his chamber’s support. “The Kentucky House of Representatives stands ready to work with local and state elected officials as well as community leaders to provide additional support,” he said. It will not be easy, and it will not happen overnight, but the people of this region will rebuild not only their homes but also their lives.”

Emergency responders continue to locate missing people. If you have a loved one missing in the impacted areas, call the Kentucky State Police for the county where the person lives.

  • Breathitt, Perry, Knott, Letcher or Leslie counties ‒ Post 13 Hazard 606-435-6069
  • Magoffin, Johnson, Martin, Floyd, or Pike counties ‒ Post 9 Pikeville 606-433-7711
  • Jackson, Owsley, or Lee counties ‒ Post 7 Richmond 859-623-2404
  • Wolfe or Morgan counties ‒ Post 8 Morehead 606-784-4127
  • Harlan County ‒ Post 10 Harlan 606-573-3131

The governor said the state would light the Capitol dome and governor’s mansion green in honor of flood victims, and he asked Kentuckians to light their homes green as well.