Kentucky Disaster Recovery Centers Extend Their Hours

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Release date: 
June 29, 2009
Release Number: 
1841-026

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Starting Monday, the two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Kentucky, located in Jackson and Pikeville, are extending their hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Breathitt County
Lifeskills Center (2nd floor), 1127 Main St., Jackson, KY 41339
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., until further notice

Pike County
Johns Creek Elementary School, 8302 Meta Hwy, Pikeville, KY 41501
DRC Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., until further notice

The Kentucky Emergency Management Agency (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened these and other temporary recovery centers on June 3 to give Kentuckians who experienced losses from the severe storms and flooding in May the chance to meet in person with disaster recovery specialists.

"More than 3,200 Kentuckians have visited the DRCs to ask questions and get help with applications for assistance," said KYEM Director Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel. "On Monday, several DRCs transitioned to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. But the centers in Jackson and Pikeville will remain open and extend their hours for those who still need to meet in person with recovery specialists."

Officials stress, however, that it is not necessary to visit a DRC to register for aid or to obtain answers to your questions.

"Recovery specialists are just a phone call away," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kim Kadesch. "The FEMA helpline, 800-621-FEMA, is available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m."

Anyone in Breathitt, Floyd, Owsley, Pike and Magoffin counties with damage from the storms and flooding during early May who has not done so is urged to register for assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.

The new Web site www.DisasterAssistance.gov is a one-stop link to many providers of disaster assistance. Individuals can apply for FEMA assistance 24 hours a day and check the status of an application. The site also has a pre-screening questionnaire and links to preparedness information.

Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

Disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are not just for businesses. The SBA makes low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and most non-profit organizations.

To help applicants complete their SBA paperwork, three Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, staffed by SBA customer service representatives, open on Monday at the following locations:

Floyd County
Martin Community Center, 7199 KY Route 80, Langley, KY 41645
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., until further notice
Closed Fri., July 3 and Sat., July 4 for the federal holiday

Owsley County
Owsley County Action Team, Old Hwy 11, Booneville, KY 41314
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., until further notice
Closed Fri., July 3 and Sat., July 4 for the federal holiday

Pike County
Belfry Public Library, 24371 US Highway 119 N, Belfry, KY 41514
Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., until further notice
Closed Fri., July 3 and Sat., July 4 for the federal holiday

Importance of SBA Loan Application

Many people who registered for disaster assistance have been issued SBA disaster loan and should complete and return them. The SBA loan application is an essential part of the disaster assistance process, even for those who do not want a loan. No one is required to accept a loan, but those who do not complete and return their SBA disaster loan applications may be cutting off their opportunity for needed assistance.

Help with SBA questions also is available via telephone. Call the SBA Customer Service Center M...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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