Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence presents FEMA funding to Rowan County

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
(502) 564-2611 Ext. 432

Frankfort, KY:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence visited Rowan County on Monday and presented community leaders with a check for $145,835 on behalf of the Commonwealth and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“We’ve all seen the devastation that can be the result of storms, tornados, and other natural disasters,” said Lt. Governor Pence.  “The goal of this funding is to possibly eliminate targets of destruction in Rowan County to make the entire community safer.”
The check was delivered through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  This program allows municipalities to voluntarily acquire and demolish properties, such as flood or landslide prone structures, in order to reduce damages, losses, and suffering in future disasters.

“In my role as director of Kentucky Emergency Management and commander of the Kentucky National Guard, I appreciate all too well the need for local government to prepare our communities for any potential future disaster,” said Maj. Gen. Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky.  “These much-needed funds will empower Kentucky citizens to assess, plan and take action against whatever challenges that may face them.” 

With the funding, officials in Rowan County will acquire and demolish a residential structure and its surrounding lot in Farmers, KY. to eliminate future flood damages to the structure.

FEMA provides 75% of the costs for this grant.  Kentucky provides a 12% match of the project costs, and the Rowan County must provide a 13% match but that can be provided through donations of labor, services, and/or materials.  Local governments apply for the funding through the FEMA grant program.

“I commend Rowan County for proactively working to bring these dollars back to the community, as preventative measures will ensure less heartache and destruction the next time a natural disaster strikes,” concluded Lt. Governor Pence.