Disaster Response Resources

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8/29/22 – FEMA UPDATE Direct Temporary Housing for Disaster Survivors – READ FEMA FACT SHEET 011: DR-4663-KY HERE

FEMA determines if applicants are eligible for housing assistance and pairs them with the best available housing solution to meet their household needs. Not everyone will be eligible, but FEMA’s temporary housing options can provide support to survivors who qualify.

Eligibility: Applicants may be eligible for direct temporary housing if they are:

  • Homeowners or renters whose home received major damage (significant structural damage that requires extensive repairs and is not safe and functional to live in) or has been destroyed (total loss or damaged to such an extent that repair is not feasible) as a result of the disaster (based on the FEMA inspection); and
  • Your primary residence is within one of the four counties designated for FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing assistance ( Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Perry).

8/29/22 – USDA Rural Development – Maximum 504 Grant Funds Exception – Presidential Disaster Areas in Kentucky READ HERE

Background: 7 CFR 3550 Subpart C, § 3550.112 (c) states “The lifetime total of the grant assistance to any one household for one dwelling may not exceed ten percent of the national average area loan limit.” The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 national average area loan limit is $365,200; therefore, the current regulatory maximum lifetime grant assistance is $36,520. However, Handbook-1-3550, Paragraph 12.7 B., further limits the lifetime grant assistance to any one household or one dwelling to $10,000…READ FULL EXCEPTION NOTICE HERE

Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas in Kentucky: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Whitley.

Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor, Warren

Nothing has changed in regard to the program eligibility requirements. Changes only apply to the maximum lifetime amount of grant assistance that can be received by eligible homeowners residing in the declared Presidential Disaster Areas. READ FULL EXCEPTION HERE

Contact Blaine Barnes: blaine.barnes@usda.gov with questions.


How to Help Eastern KY

  • List of organizations providing support to flood victims HERE (from FEMA and KY Emergency Mgmt)
  • USDA Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resource Guide
  • Get Paid to Help Eastern Kentucky Recover – EKY FLOOD (Finding Local Opportunities for Overcoming Disaster) provides funding to cover salaries for disaster relief workers for up to 12 months. Learn more at www.ekcep.org Hiring Events:
    • Breathitt Co.: Tuesday, Aug. 30 – 9am-5pm: Breathitt Co. Library, 1024 College Ave., Jackson, KY 41339
    • Knott Co.: Thursday, Sept. 1 – 9am-5pm: Knott Co. Sportsplex, 450 Kenny Champion Loop, Leburn, KY 41831
  • Is your business or organization helping Eastern KY Recover? There may be opportunities for partnering, and funding, complete the survey at: www.ekcep.us/survey



  • Housing Development Alliance
    • Donations Needed – Click HERE – see detailed information on their facebook page
    • Main office flooded – no electricity “The HOMES family is safe. Many of our family, friends and neighbors have lost everything. We will be closed until next week so that we can concentrate on helping family and friends with immediate needs. Please keep our community in your prayers.” (7/29)
  • Partnership Housing
    • 10 Units with Damage, some totally destroyed, dug/poured footers (8/2) for a flood victim
    • Owsley County-Buffalo Area- Eastern KY Flood 2022 Go Fund Me page to benefit PH flood work
    • Accepting donations for ALL pet food & supplies for the flood victims. Please contact Shirley Birch or Heather Miller – 606-593-8242 ext. 4 & 5
  • Christian Appalachian Project
    • Flood Relief Donations HERE – Immediate needs include water, cleaning supplies, and other essential items. In Lexington, Kentucky, donations can be dropped off at 2528 Palumbo Drive, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • CAP’s Disaster Relief Command Center is currently set-up in Floyd County at our CAP facility in Martin, Kentucky. We will begin assessing damage 8/1.
    • Soon after, the cleanup will begin. Volunteers needed. Contact Becky Neuenschwander at bneuenschwander@chrisapp.org
  • Appalachia Service Project
    • All ASP staff and volunteers were safe during the floods. Assisting with resources where we can.
    • Have sent out approximately 6 shower trailers to East KY with plans to send out more.
    • Loading up supplies today (8/2) to take to Housing Development Alliance as the Perry Co. area is starting to move into mucking out homes.
    • Out this week assessing how we can be a part of the long term recovery process.
  • KRCC
    • “We have a lot of displaced families in the area including some KRCC staff whose home were a total loss. Although some of KRCC’s facilities did suffer some damage – there was no damage to the affordable housing or tax credit rental units.”
  • Beattyville Housing
    • Beattyville Housing and all staff are safe and did not suffer personally from the flooding.  Lee County didn’t get hit hard, but heard of a few people that lost their homes during the flood.  We will be assisting them in any way we can when funding becomes available.
  • COAP
    • Possibly 5 homes have some basement flooding – very fortunate nothing more right now.
    • Fielding phone calls yesterday, people looking for rental units, but they have none available, have been referring folks to the Cumberland area, a few possibly available there.
  • KY Mountain Housing
    • No flood impact on Office or Staff housing
    • Flooded the eastern part of the county, really hard hit, very rural, very poor hit hardest.
  • Frontier Housing
    • Office not affected
    • Service area impacted Counties: Wolfe, pretty stable, Magoffin Co., southern part impacted, trying todo what they can to reach out.
  • Coalfield Development, Wayne, WV
    • We have some crews, work sites, and folks in our training programs in Mingo County, which has experienced flash flooding – thankfully so far they haven’t encountered any major issues.
  • HA Mingo County, WV – Office not affected – mudslides in the area, localized flooding.
  • AppCAA, Gate City, VA
    • 100 homes affected, none lost. Most with basement flooding or several inches in house. There have also been several churches and mission groups that have everything covered.
    • Many organizations in our area are stepping up to help Southeastern Kentucky. Trucks are being loaded daily and delivered to the areas just across the state line. AppCAA is helping with this as well.
    • IF NEEDED – have 8 desks to donate to an organization that needs them!

THANKS! To Fahe Member, Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) for the offer of accommodations at their 2 emergency Shelters in WV (Oak Hill/Beards Fork); both facilities have commercial kitchens, wi-fi, beds, showers, etc.) for up to 100 (transportation and food would need to be provided). If you have folks in your community that need these facilities, or if you have something similar you could provide, please don’t hesitate to let me know and we’ll help you make the connection!

FHLB CincinnatiFHBL Cincinnati has re-seeded the Disaster Reconstruction Program, DRP, and has $3M available for more permanent solutions as disaster recovery work continues. More Information available HERE and HERE

FEMA Appeal Program – Help survivors receive their maximum eligible reward

HUD Housing Counseling Resource – Disaster Recovery Toolkit beware of scammers!

IMPORTANT FEMA Information – updated 8/3 for addt’l counties

FEMA Mobile Registration Centers (open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.):

  • 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
  1. Registration is ESSENTIAL for impacted renters and homeowners in counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance.
  2. As of 8/3 7 counties approved for Individual Assistance are Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry, and Pike.
  3. Registration is required for a household to get housing assistance to rebuild, relocate, receive ongoing non-congregate shelter, etc.
  4. FEMA very often denies an applicant but may well approve on appeal.  We may want to think about how to encourage/help households appeal a FEMA denial.
  5. Registration #s are used by federal agencies as a measure of the scale of ongoing need.  The #s are relevant to prospective CDBG-DR Disaster Recovery funding down the road.

Kentuckians who were impacted by the recent storms, flooding and mudslides in Eastern Kentucky can apply for disaster assistance.  Apply online at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 or on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile app. FEMA also created a page with important resources relating to the disaster, including a guide for how to apply for assistance and a video that walks applicants through the process. Check out FEMA’s Guide: You Don’t Have to Wait to Start Cleaning

BE PREPARED – Have this information ready when you apply:

  • Current phone number where you can be reached.
  • Address at the time of the disaster
  • Address where you are staying now
  • Social Security number (one per household)
  • Description or list of the damage and losses
    • Take pictures of damage
    • Keep receipts from all purchases related to clean-up and repair
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
  • If insured, information about insurance coverage
    • Policy number
    • Agent or company name

Have insurance? File a claim with your insurance company immediately. FEMA assistance cannot aid with losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

Gov. Beshear Emergency Order Helps Flood Victims in Disaster Area to Replace Licenses, IDs, Vehicle Registrations and Titlesclick to read full announcement

KYTC driver licensing staff will be making one-day “pop-up” visits at the following state park locations between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET to help Kentuckians who need to request replacement driver’s licenses, permits and ID cards. No appointments are needed.  

  • Friday, August 5: Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653
  • Monday, August 8: Pine Mountain State Resort Park, 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, Ky. 40977
  • Tuesday, August 9: Buckhorn State Resort Park, 4441 Ky Hwy. 1833, Buckhorn, Ky. 41721 
  • More pop-up driver licensing locations offering longer-term services are being coordinated in additional Eastern Kentucky counties.


Travel trailers are being delivered to local parks – Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County and Mine Made Adventure Park in Knott County – for emergency sheltering. They are connected to utilities and more will arrive soon for those in need of temporary shelter.


Departments of Emergency Management


Disaster Preparedness

The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical. The correct response at the correct time will save lives, minimize damage, and assure the continuity of business operations. Having a well established Emergency Action Plan (Business Continuity Plan) is vital to the ongoing success of our collective efforts to serve The People of Appalachia to the best of our ability.

This page aims to assist our Members in all aspects of disaster response, continuity planning, and resource preparedness. Here you will find links, resources, stories, and templates that are freely available for use.

1. Preform Risk Assessment & Business Impact Assessment

The first step to constructing an Emergency Action Plan(EAP) is to conduct a Risk Assessment (RA) and Business Impact Assessment (BIA). Generally, both assessments work in tandem to determine the most likely disasters that threaten the efficacy of your organization. This will help you to see any outstanding areas of focus. This process can be as simple or as complicated as necessary to allocate the most accurate and appropriate information for your organization. Listed below are links to various examples of RA and BIA that are free to use for your own preparedness efforts.

Risk Assessment (RA)

Business Impact Assessment (BIA)

2. Develop Business Continuity Strategies

Following the RA and BIA is the development of continuity strategies. These strategies are a direct result of the information gathered during the previous assessments, and aim to find solutions before, during, and following operational disasters. The primary goals of your continuity strategies are to soften the initial impact by planning ahead, reduce the duration of the disaster as it occurs, and expedite the recovery process. Below is a collection of examples for development of your continuity strategies.


Additional Resources

3. Document Business Continuity Plans

Based on the continuity strategies that have been developed, the Emergency Action Plan (EAP)/Business Continuity Plan (BCP) itself will be organized, constructed, and implemented. Review the continuity strategies, decide on an appropriate template, and begin laying out the reaction and recovery process of all likely disaster events. The continuity plans themselves must clearly and concisely state the immediate and specific steps to be taken during and after a disaster or disruption. Specificity is required for step-by-step processes (such as recovering data or shutting off valves) yet some may require more flexibility (dangerous person or inclement weather). In addition to the disaster plans themselves, you are highly encouraged to include the following:

  • Disaster Response Teams – groups or individuals tasked with specific roles during emergencies or disasters.
  • Contact information for all employees
  • Contact information for all adjacent organizations and individuals (plumbers, electricians, police, attorneys)
  • Floor plans for all locations (noting areas of high importance such as shut off valves, pilot lights, and exits)
  • Roles and responsibilities of management
  • templates for quick and accurate data collection and note taking

Listed below are examples of EAP/BCP for use as a template or idea in constructing your own. Note that although these plans are comprehensive for their respective businesses, your plan may appear vastly different depending on priority, size of your organization, and the number of likely disasters. Remember, the choice of content and how much information to include in the plan is yours. For some businesses this plan may consist of a simple two or three pages, for other organizations the plan may run twenty or more pages in length. The key is to individualize the plan to the needs of your organization, which only you and your team can do.




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Articles & Media

Alabama disaster preparedness training opportunities – available to institutions and the general public

Yearly calendar schedule – links to applications

Huntington [WV] City Council Approves Amendments to Proposed Floodwall Rules

Herald-dispatch 07/11/2022

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, a regional food bank serving 42 Kentucky counties, has now provided $2.7 million in resources toward recovery efforts to date.

Msn 07/07/22

Officials in southwestern Virginia were happy to report that there were no fatalities following serious flooding that occurred from Tuesday into Wednesday.

accuweather 07/13/22

Heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight have caused flooding and evacuations in Sevier County.

abc6wate – 07/13/22

Points of Interest

Johns Hopkins University – Worldwide COVID-19 Tracker

US Air Quality Index – National Fire and Smoke Map

HRSA Active Grants Map