Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher to Appeal FEMA Decision

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher will appeal a decision by FEMA denying his request for major disaster declaration for the commonwealth as a result of severe storms and tornadoes on April 2, 2006.  The governor specifically requested Individual Assistance for Christian County and Hazard Mitigation for the entire state.

“FEMA is going to have to go back to the drawing board on this one,” Governor Fletcher said. “The severity and magnitude of the destruction in Christian County is real and it deserves a real response. I am not happy with this decision.”

In a letter to Governor Fletcher, Acting Director R. David Paulison explained FEMA had determined the damage to the private sector from the storms was not such “as to be beyond the capabilities of the commonwealth, affected local governments and voluntary agencies.” The letter further explained denials may be appealed within 30 days of notification.

Governor Fletcher has personally toured the affected areas and strongly disagrees with FEMA’s assessment.

“We will most definitely appeal this decision,” Governor Fletcher said. “I’ve already instructed staff to contact FEMA’s regional director and to begin the process. I will see this through to the end.”