TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

November 28, 2012

State gets $1.6 million grant for tornado recovery


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

March’s tornado outbreak may no longer be a daily headline, but for some Laurel County victims, it’s a story that has yet to end.

However, there may be some additional relief on the horizon. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced this week the state received a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help victims in 10 counties with long-term recovery assistance.

“We are all aware of the destruction caused by the tornadoes that struck a number of Kentucky counties this year…,” Beshear said. “Our (recovery efforts) have included a wide range of activities, from clearing debris to rebuilding local infrastructure.”

He said grant monies will help provide “tailored support” to guide families back to normalcy.

Services will be available for 18 months. The Department for Aging and Independent Living under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will oversee grant disbursement.

According to CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse, the grant will provide the “support and expertise of trained case managers” for families hit hardest in March.

Further work is expected with Kentucky Emergency Management and the Big Sandy Development District once the grant proceeds, according to Beshear.

For more information contact the Department of Aging and Independent Living at 502-564-6930.