President of the United States, Joe Biden, declared a major federal disaster in Kentucky on Sunday after the state was hit with multiple deadly tornadoes on Friday.
Biden had previously declared the storms a federal emergency, but Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear formally requested the POTUS to change it to a major federal disaster to allow for extra aid.
Federal aid will be provided to affected individuals in the form grants for temporary housing, housing repairs, loans for uninsured property losses, and other programs to help business owners recover from the natural disaster.
Aid will be provided for the counties of Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor, and Warren.
Governor Beshear called the tornadoes the most destructive in Kentucky’s history as thousands face food, water, power and housing shortages.
Unlike a federal emergency – where aid is limited to $5 million – when the POTUS declares a major federal disaster, there are no limits to funds for assistance programs.