London, KY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Kentucky Emergency Management (KyEM) will open a Disaster Recovery Center at the Village Center, 205 State Road 421 South, Friday (April 12), in Harlan to assist recent storm victims who have registered for help.
The center will be staffed with representatives of federal, state and voluntary agencies who will provide information and answer questions about the assistance available to victims of the storm and flooding of March 17-21. The victims in the 24 designated counties may be eligible to be considered for a variety of state-federal disaster assistance programs.
State Coordinating Officer Cash Centers and FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Bolch are urging anyone who has suffered losses or damages as a result of the storms and flooding to first register for assistance on FEMA's toll-free registration line, and then visit the center to resolve any questions or secure help. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. "The Disaster Recovery Center will be there as long as necessary to help the people of Kentucky recover from this disaster," Bolch said.
"A variety of federal, state and voluntary agency programs are available for homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the disaster," Centers noted. "Now is the time to find out about these programs and begin the process of recovering from this disaster," he stated.
The center is open to everyone. But to be eligible for federal disaster assistance, individuals and businesses must have suffered damages in one of the 24 designated disaster counties. Victims are urged to start the application process by calling toll-free, 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Those with hearing or speech impairments may call TTY 1-800-462-7585 to apply.