Disaster Relief Employment - Project Twister

Disaster Relief Employment is temporary employment to provide disaster relief jobs in counties affectected by Decmeber 10, 2021 tornadoes in Kentucky.  For more information on becoming a worksite or a participant of this program, email [email protected].

Worksite Orientation Information

Click on the links below to find resources for Employers and Employees interested Work Experience with the National Dislocated Worker Grant - Project Twister.

Statewide Resources

Kentucky's Tornado Resource Website

Kentucky Tornado Survivors Can Apply for FEMA Assistance

FEMA has also set up two registration centers where people can apply for assistance in person. 
They’re located at the following locations.  The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
First Baptist Church, 960 Industrial Park Rd., Dawson Springs, KY 42408
The old Walmart location, Mayfield Plaza, 1102 Paris Rd., Mayfield, KY 42066

Driver’s License Replacement
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet opened a temporary driver licensing issuance station in Mayfield. Fees are waived for disaster victims needing to replace lost operator licenses, permits and state ID cards. The office, at 355 Charles Drive, will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, through at least Jan. 28.
A temporary driver licensing station will be set up in Dawson Springs once an appropriate space is located.

EBT Card Replacement
To Kentuckians who are struggling with the aftermath of the recent tornadoes and need a replacement EBT card to access benefits, please follow these instructions to get your card faster.
-  If you are able to receive mail at the address listed on your case, call 1-888-979-9949 to request a replacement EBT card.
-  If you are receiving mail at a temporary location, call DCBS at 1-855-306-8959 to update your mailing address and request a replacement EBT card.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Kentuckians who became unemployed or who are self-employed and had work interrupted in one of 14 counties as a direct result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes on Dec. 10, 2021, are eligible to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance. The 14 counties are Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren.
To qualify for DUA benefits, claimants in eligible counties must show that their employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster and that they are not otherwise eligible for traditional unemployment insurance benefits under state or federal law. Farmers and other self-employed individuals who are traditionally ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits may qualify for DUA.
Affected individuals should visit the Kentucky Career Center website or call 502-875-0442 to file their initial claim. The deadline to apply for assistance is Jan. 18, 2022. For more information, visit kcc.ky.gov.

Insurance Claims
As of Monday morning (Dec. 20), the Department of Insurance (DOI) has received 10,235 insurance claims of which 84 have been addressed and closed. DOI provided on-site consumer assistance Monday. A toll-free number is available for additional consumer assistance: 800-595-6053.  Insurance companies are reportedly onsite in Western Kentucky and claims adjusters are working with affected residents.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a Disaster Distress Helpline for victims to talk to trained crisis responders, by calling or texting 1-800-985-5990.

Kentucky Chamber - Tornado Recovery Resources
Kentucky Tornado Recovery Guide - Kentucky Camber

Tornado Recovery Fact Sheet - Kentucky Chamber

Business Disaster Relief Resources
USDA Rural Development
USDA Loan Expansion for Rural Communities
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/usdard_onerdguaranteeloaninitiativeimprovementssa12_10_21.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3XlibJgnj8amVPFztHb4doZp5acILNxTv7I_UFypJHQp3bVcHW9N7fAZE USDA Disaster

Assistance Programs-Farmers, Ranchers, Communities and Businesses

USDA Rural Development-Disaster Resiliency & Recovery Resources Guide

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Kentucky Affected by Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding and Tornadoes

Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Resource Center-Benton, KY
LOCAL SITE: Joe Creason Community Center-1600 Park Ave, Benton, KY

BUSINESS & HOME Disaster Loans
Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) - Kentucky Agriculture Tornado Resources
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has joined together to assist Kentucky farmers impacted by the recent devastating tornados.  If you or someone you know were impacted and need any type of agricultural assistance, please contact your county extension office, and provide them with list of items or resources needed along with your name, phone number and address.

Need to find your extension office?