FEMA Community Relations Teams Meeting With Disaster Survivors

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Release date: 
May 23, 2011
Release Number: 
1976-007

FRANKFORT, Ky. ?-- To help individuals affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 22 to May 20, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has teams in the designated counties meeting with disaster survivors to tell them about the types of assistance that may be available to help with their recovery.

FEMA has more than 20 Community Relations specialists on the ground in eleven Kentucky counties. These specialists are wearing the familiar blue FEMA shirt, and going door-to-door in affected communities. Their goal is to reach out to as many disaster survivors as possible, providing information about available federal assistance.

“Our Community Relations specialists are working on the front lines, meeting face-to-face with disaster survivors and explaining the FEMA aid process,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Steve Ward.

Federal assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes is available in the following counties: Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Marshall, McCracken, Livingston, Union and Webster. Individuals who suffered damages in those counties should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. Individuals can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. The toll-free numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.

Joint damage assessments continue in other counties and additional counties may be added for Individual Assistance. Residents that suffered storm and flood related damage are encouraged to document and photograph the damage and keep any repair receipts. Please report any damage to your local emergency management office.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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