Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4663)
The State of Kentucky was hit with severe storms that caused flooding, landslides, and mudslides, beginning on July 26, 2022. President Biden declared a major disaster on July 29, 2022.
People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
*Pike and Floyd counties were added on August 2, 2022.
**Owsley county was added on August 4, 2022.
†Lesley, Magoffin, Martin, and Whiley counties were on August 6, 2022.
The original whitehouse.gov press release declaring the disaster is here. FEMA’s press release granting Individual Assistance is here.
A free legal help hotline is now available for Montana Flooding survivors. The hotline is available to connect survivors to free legal services in qualifying counties who cannot afford an attorney. Survivors can call (888) 743-5749.
Survivors can call the hotline anytime and leave a message if calling after hours. Survivors who speak a language other than English can request interpretation when calling.
For more information, please see the ABA-YLD press release here.
Introducing: Disaster Legal Services
The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create Disaster Legal Services (DLS) — a program designed to help survivors navigate the aftermath of presidentially- declared disasters. The DLS program provides immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors—at no charge.
Issues where DLS can help include:
- Insurance Claims
- New Wills
- Powers of Attorney
- Other Legal Papers Lost During the Disaster
- Problems with Landlords
- FEMA Appeals
- Home Repair Contracts and Contractor Fraud
Learn more through this short video.
ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services Hotline
To help meet the growing legal needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with RingCentral Inc. to create a national hotline to connect the Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS) with those seeking civil legal services.
Kentucky Bar Association
514 W Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Professional association of lawyers.
Kentucky Legal Aid
1700 Destiny Lane
Bowling Green, KY, 42104
Provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in South Central and Western Kentucky.
Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky
120 N. Front Ave.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Provides free civil legal services to low-income people in eastern and south-central Kentucky.
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
104 East 7th Street
Covington, KY 41011
Provides free civil legal services to low-income people in northern and eastern Kentucky.
Legal Aid Society (Louisville)
416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40202
Provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in Louisville and surrounding areas.
Kentucky Justice Online
Kentucky Justice Online is a free service that allows eligible Kentucky residents to post non-criminal legal questions to pro bono attorneys. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state’s website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the attorney.
Kentucky Justice Online is administered by The Legal Aid Network of Kentucky which comprises of the Legal Aid Society, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund and Kentucky Legal Aid. These legal service programs provide free legal representation to eligible clients with civil legal problems.