State of Kentucky to add 20 percent to FEMA money for December storms

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(KBSI) – The Commonwealth of Kentucky will add 20 percent on top of what the Federal Emergency Management Agency awards in individual assistance for uninsured homeowners and renters impacted by destructive storms in December.

Approximately $1.4 million from the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will go to more than 1,400 Kentuckians who are registered and qualify for FEMA benefits.

Checks should go out within the next two weeks. The number of Kentuckians who are eligible to receive FEMA benefits and the extra 20% includes at least 475 uninsured homeowners and 987 uninsured renters.

Gov. Beshear said if Kentuckians haven’t signed up yet for individual assistance through FEMA and think they may qualify, they should apply now. The final deadline to apply is Feb. 11.

Applying for help is free and can be done online at, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

The fund has now paid every family that has lost a loved one to the tornadoes – 77 Kentuckians – to cover funeral expenses.

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