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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION

Tornado Relief Updates

The Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction is here to help those who have fallen victim to the devastating tornados that hit Western Kentucky on Dec. 11, 2021. This webpage is intended to serve as a one-stop-shop for consumers. If you have any questions outside of the information presented on this webpage, please call the department at 502-573-0365.

Disaster Resource Recovery FairFeria de Recuperación de Recursos por Desastre

File an Electrical Complaint or Report Unlicensed Electricians
Complete this form Electrical Complaint Form and email it to elec@ky.gov

Contacting an Electrical Inspector
For private property, please contact the County Judge/Executive’s office or Local Planning & Zoning office.  For state owned/leased property, please click the following Inspector Contact Information.

Contractor Licensing Information
Find out what DHBC trades require a license in Kentucky:

Who Needs a License in Kentucky

 

Tips For Using Generators During An Outage
  • Do not run it inside your house or closed garage -- The fumes can cause carbon monoxide poisoning relatively quickly. Always place the generator at least 20 feet from the home, away from doors and windows.
  • Before refueling your generator, turn it off and let it cool -- If you accidentally spill gasoline on a hot engine, it can cause a fire.
  • Don't try to "back-feed" your house – Back-feeding means trying to power your home by plugging your generator into an outlet not intended to be used for this purpose. Generators that are tied to your home should be done by means of a transfer switch. Without this switch, you could possibly back-feed the electrical utility lines and harm the utility workers trying to restore your power.
  • Don't overload your generator -- You can't power your entire home with a portable generator. Many people choose to keep their fridge and one or two outlets on the generator power to keep phones charged.

 

Resources for storm recovery can be found by visiting the following links to outside sources:

NEMA Storm Recovery (National Electrical Manufacturers Association)

Electrical Safety Foundation International Disaster Recovery

Storm Reconstruction Toolkit (NEMA)

Evaluating Water-damaged Electrical Equipment (NEMA)