Every year millions of Americans, and often Kentuckians, face a disaster. It can strike at anytime, anytime, anywhere and takes many forms including a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism.
Below is information on who to contact and how the federal and state government can help during these hard times of damage and loss.
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. www.fema.gov
KYEM - Kentucky Devision of Emergency Management
Kentucky Emergency Management shares the Governor's vision to, among other things, coordinate a system of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery and protect the lives, environment and property of the people of Kentucky. www.kyem.ky.gov
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross can provide two types of assistance after a disaster – hard and soft. Hard assistance provides material items and may include feeding, shelter, clean-up kits, comfort kits and financial assistance. Soft assistance minimizes immediate disaster-caused suffering through listening, guidance, advocacy, and counseling. www.redcross.org