LEXINGTON, Ky. -- As the needs of Kentucky disaster survivors change, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are making Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) changes to better serve those devastated by the early May storms.
New DRCs open Friday, June 11 in Clark and Greenup counties and on Monday, June 14, in Rockcastle and Pulaski counties. In addition, a week-long disaster information office will open Monday in Barren County and close at 6 p.m. the following Saturday. All offices are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Three assistance centers are closing this week: the Waynesburg DRC at 6 p.m. Friday, June 11; the Springfield DRC at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12; and the information office in Madisonville at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.
The newly opened locations are jointly operated by the KYEM and FEMA to provide assistance to citizens and businesses recovering from flooding and other storm damages. The locations and opening dates are:
Opening 9 a.m. Friday, June 11:
Clark County Disaster Recovery Center
Clark Middle School Art Room, Main Floor
1 Educational Plaza
Winchester, KY 40319
Greenup County Disaster Recovery Center
Little Sandy Fire District
4348 state Route 1
Greenup, KY 41144
Opening 9 a.m. Monday, June 14:
Rockcastle County Disaster Recovery Center
Rockcastle County Court House
205 East Main Street, 2nd floor
Mt Vernon, KY 40456
Pulaski County Disaster Recovery Center
Hal Rogers Fire Training Center
180 Oak Leaf Lane, Building 2,
Somerset, KY 42503
Open June 14-19 only
Barren County Disaster Information Office
Barren County Agricultural Extension Building
1463 West Main Street
Glasgow, KY 42141
Recovery center staff members are able to help with individual cases, answer questions about claims, or review information needed to process claims. Recovery specialists from FEMA Individual Assistance, FEMA Mitigation, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth also can provide contacts for other programs that may be able to help.
SBA representatives will be at the disaster centers to answer questions about the SBA low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private, non-profit organizations of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and flooding.
Applicants who receive SBA loan applications must complete and return them to be considered for FEMA grants that cover personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. No one is obligated to accept a loan.
SBA staff members at the DRC also will help complete and accept SBA disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC is encouraged to call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; or Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call SBA toll free at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance. Visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about how a DRC operates, go to: www.fema.gov/assistance/opendrcs.
If you or someone you know suffered loss or damage from this latest disaster you are encouraged to document the damage, save any repair receipts and notify your local emergency director. The Commonwealth has a special Recovery Helpline, 877-634-8175, for disaster survivors to use if they need help wi...