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National Disaster Legal Aid

Please note this page is no longer being updated as of October 2021


 Disaster Legal Hotline:1-844-478-0099


Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides  struck areas in Kentucky from February 27th through March 14th. On April 24th, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for the state of Kentucky, making federal funding available to individuals and households who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later.

  • Anderson
  • Boyd
  • Breathitt
  • Clark
  • Clay
  • Estill
  • Fayette
  • Floyd
  • Franklin
  • Greenup
  • Jackson
  • Jessamine
  • Johnson
  • Knott
  • Laurel
  • Lawrence
  • Lee
  • Leslie
  • Letcher
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Magoffin
  • Martin
  • Morgan
  • Owsley
  • Perry
  • Powell
  • Pulaski
  • Rockcastle
  • Warren
  • Woodford

For this disaster 4595, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.



FEMA Application 

Extended to Friday, July 23, 2021 - See more by clicking here.
Small Business Administration (SBA) loan Application Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Letter If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.
Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP) Assistance Deadline The extended deadline is Monday, June 28, 2021, for flood-affected residents who lived or worked in the following counties between Februrary 26 and March 14, 2021, which received an Individual Assistance Declaration from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Anderson, Boyd, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Greenup, Jackson, Jessamine, Knott, Laurel, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Warren, and Woodford. Click here for more info.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Deadline

Friday, July 9, 2021

Click here for more info.


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster


  • Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

    • Online at
    • On the FEMA Mobile App,
    • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
    • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 AM until 1 AM Eastern Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
    • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
    • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
    • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.


    • A LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Kentucky who cannot pay for an attorney:
      • Survivors may CALL 1-844-478-0099 to request assistance.
      • Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Kentucky lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal limited help.
    • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:
      • Kentucky Bar Association - The Kentucky Bar Association is an independent agency of the Supreme Court of Kentucky and currently serves approximately 18,980 active and inactive Kentucky licensed attorneys. Founded in 1871, the KBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development, and public service. The KBA’s dedication to serving the Commonwealth’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.
      • AppalReD Legal Aid - The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. is a private non-profit law firm, funded by public and private grants and donations. AppalReD offers free civil legal help to eligible low-income people in 37 counties of the Appalachian Mountains and rolling hills of eastern and south-central Kentucky. Their attorneys focus on legal problems that affect their clients’ basic needs for food, shelter, income, personal safety from all forms of abuse, and safety and stability for children and the elderly. Offices are located in Barbourville, Hazard, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Richmond, and Somerset.
      • United Policyholders (UP) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) consumer advocacy group that specializes in helping disaster victims with insurance claim issues. UP also trains case managers and legal aid lawyers to assist clients with insurance and recovery matters. For help with flood, wind, hurricane, and auto insurance questions.
      • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page here for other disaster recovery resources.

    If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

    • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
    • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
    • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
    • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!
    • Do you need help understanding the FEMA application and appeals process? Click here to download "Figuring Out FEMA," a friendly guide that explains FEMA's general disaster relief assistance process.