Federal Disaster Declaration Disaster Assistance Approved for Some Kentucky Counties By Dan Modlin • Mar 6, 2012 Gov. Steve Beshear visits West Liberty, Ky on a Kentucky National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk after a tornado struck the town Mar. 2. (photo by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs) The Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says President Barack Obama has authorized assistance for residents of seven Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of Friday’s tornadoes and severe storms.