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Gov. Beshear: Nearly $36M in federal assistance approved for tornado survivors

According to the governor, the Commonwealth Sheltering Program will make available 200 newly...
According to the governor, the Commonwealth Sheltering Program will make available 200 newly purchased travel trailers for these impacted families as an interim step in the rebuilding process.(Gov. Beshear)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 11:37 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 2:54 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear announced nearly $36 million in federal assistance was approved for survivors of the December 10 tornadoes.

The governor gave a Team Kentucky update on Monday, January 24.

FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration recently approved the assistance. It includes more than $7.6 million for housing assistance and more than $3 million for other disaster-related needs.

Nearly $25 million in SBA disaster loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses.

The governor reminded those who need to apply for FEMA assistance to do so by Friday, Feb. 11.

You can apply online, through the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Regarding debris removal, the governor said the extreme damage caused by the tornadoes will take a long time to rebuild.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that more than 4.6 million cubic yards of debris existed and more than 1.1 million cubic yards have been removed for a total of about 24.5 percent debris removed, currently.

The governor said Kentucky State Parks will continue to provide housing and food services for 352 displaced Kentuckians and 58 first responders.

Anyone who would like to volunteer, should contact Andy Kasitz at andy.kasitz@ky.gov.

The governor also said that FEMA has approved direct temporary housing assistance in six Kentucky counties: Caldwell, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg and Warren.

He said the state is working with data from Graves and Hopkins county officials, the American Red Cross and FEMA partners to assess the temporary sheltering needs of displaced families with school-age children in order to relocate them as close as possible to their school districts.

According to the governor, the Commonwealth Sheltering Program will make available 200 newly purchased travel trailers for these impacted families as an interim step in the rebuilding process.

Cases of COVID-19 in Ky.

During his briefing on Monday, Governor Beshear said that his son, Will, tested positive for COVID-19 and is generally asymptomatic, adding that his son is fully vaccinated and recently received his booster shot.

The governor and the rest of the family tested negative for the virus today. The governor was tested twice on Monday and said he will continue to be tested daily and follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“My son is generally asymptomatic, we believe because he is vaccinated and boosted,” said Governor Beshear. “In fact, he is shooting basketball right now, by himself. The vaccines and booster truly protected him.”

The governor said among Kentucky children ages 5 to 11, only 13.3 percent are fully vaccinated.

The number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky is currently 2,842,876 and 1,002,347 have received their vaccination booster.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported on Jan. 24 there were 3,912 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths.

Check here to see cases by county.

The current positivity rate in the state is 33.06 percent.

As of Monday, there were 2,326 Kentuckians hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 440 were in the ICU and 257 were on ventilators.

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