FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A third disaster recovery center opened today to help those in Bell, Perry and Knox counties recover from the June 19-23 storms, tornadoes and flooding.
The new center is located at the Artemus Baptist Church, 3085 Kentucky 225, Artemus, KY 40903. In Bell County, a disaster recovery center is open at 1321 North 25th Street, Middlesboro, KY 40965. The one in Perry County's is at the Senior Citizens Center, 354 Perry Park Road, Hazard, KY 41701. FEMA and SBA representatives are available to meet face-to-face with survivors.
All three centers are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday.
FEMA's individual assistance offers grants, which do not need to be repaid, for personal property losses and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other assistance programs. Renters also may apply. Registering with FEMA is easy and quick. There are several ways to register:
- Call 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual. Phones are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice;
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
- By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov;
- FEMA's App for android phones can be downloaded at https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android; or
- By visiting a disaster recovery center.
Some individuals who register with FEMA may receive a loan application package from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Applicants should complete and return the form because it may open the door to additional assistance. However, if an individual is offered a low-interest loan, they do not have to accept it.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan.
However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.
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.