Disaster Declarations & Mitigation Info


Disaster Declarations for Kentucky

Link to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch website for detailed information.  http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/default.aspx.

To gain knowledge and have a better understanding of the declaration process and the county components and data needed to successfully be included within a disaster declaration link to http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/New-Declaration-Process-.aspx.


Disaster Declaration Process

Back in August, FEMA released a video detailing the Disaster Declaration process.  This short, 5-minute video provides viewers a high-level overview of the declaration process for Federally declared disasters.

Some of the topics covered in this video include Preliminary Damage Assessments, Declaration Types, Available Assistance Types, and Mitigation.  This is a great starter video for anyone that has never been through or does not understand the disaster declaration process.  This video can also be shared with people in your community to help communicate the disaster declaration process as well. 

To watch or share the video, visit https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/133171#download-links


April 2018

What is it?  An interactive tool to allow you to explore historic federal disaster declarations by state, county, hazard, and year.

FEMA launched a new data visualization tool that enables the public to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. The Public Data Visualization Tool, accessible at www.fema.gov/data-visualization, allows users to view and interact with FEMA data. 

FEMA also launched a new interactive tool to allow the public to explore currently-available FEMA grant data.  FEMA added Individual Assistance to the data visualization, which includes financial grants from the Individuals and Households Program. This program provides financial help or direct services to survivors if they are unable to meet their needs through other means through Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance (including personal property and other items).

The data visualization tool is available at www.fema.gov/data-visualization. To explore the data, visit OpenFEMA at www.fema.gov/data-feeds.


FEMA Releases Guide to Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers

June 18, 2018

FEMA and the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives released the guide on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers. Faith-based and community organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident.  This guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations in enhancing the resiliency of our nation.  By identifying, engaging, and building partnerships with these groups, particularly those in racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously diverse communities, emergency managers can provide training and technical assistance to strengthen their skills, connect them with existing partners, and then integrate them into emergency management plans and exercises before an event occurs thus increasing response and recovery capability.  This document also provides lists of resources available to help build relationships between emergency management and faith-based and community organizations.  Download Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers, visit https://www.fema.gov/plan.


The Ins and Outs of Small Business Administration Disaster Loans for Mitigation

January 2018

In November, the Small Business Administration (SBA) provided general information on loans designed for individuals and businesses to conduct mitigation measures such as home elevations, relocating utilities, retrofitting structures and building retaining walls.  During the webinar, FEMA provided more information on resources that are available to start these types of mitigation projects.

To review the presentation, technical resources, and questions and answers, download the information at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/153625.


Energy and Environment Cabinet Reminds Residents of Regulations on Removing Storm and Flood Debris

September 2018

Energy and Environment Cabinet Reminds Residents of Regulations on Removing Storm and Flood Debris article discusses some of the state requirements for debris removal.  These include requirements by both the Division of Water and the Division of Waste Management. 

Link to read the article – https://kydep.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/energy-and-environment-cabinet-reminds-residents-of-regulations-on-removing-storm-and-flood-debris/#more-6347


Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants


Applicant Guide Release:  The Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (UFR Process) was established on July 29, 2014, by the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among eleven federal agencies involved in the environmental and historic preservation (EHP) reviews associated with disaster recovery assistance. The UFR Process focuses on the federal EHP requirements applicable to disaster recovery projects following a presidentially declared disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Through the UFR Process, federal agencies that fund or permit disaster recovery projects and those that perform EHP reviews associated with the decision-making process will coordinate their independent EHP review processes leading to expedited decision making, which can result in faster delivery of assistance and implementation of recovery projects. The UFR Process recognizes the important role of tribes, state agencies, localities and the stakeholders working together with federal agencies to coordinate EHP reviews.

FEMA, in coordination with the inter-agency Steering Group comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Council on Environmental Quality, are pleased to announce the release of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants (Applicant Guide).  The UFR Process provides federal agencies with opportunities to expedite EHP reviews through enhanced coordination for all presidentially declared disasters.

More Information: To learn more about the UFR Process and to access the Applicant Guide, please visit the Unified Federal Review webpage https://www.fema.gov/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review-presidentially-declared-disasters.  Learn more and download documents on FEMA’s website at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98911.















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