FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency announce the disaster recovery center in Bell County will close on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. CST.
"Before next Wednesday evening, Bell County residents affected by the June storms should stop by the recovery center and meet face-to-face with FEMA and SBA representatives," said John Heltzel, director of Kentucky Emergency Management and commonwealth coordinating officer for Kentucky. "These representatives can make the disaster process much easier to understand, so be sure to take advantage of your Saturday as the center is not open on Sunday."
At the recovery center, residents can ask questions and check on the status of their application. If needed, representatives can help them register with FEMA and fill out their U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loan application. How-to literature about repairing a storm-damaged home as well as information about proven techniques to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters is available for free.
"When traffic to a center slows down, it is an indication that the need for information about disaster assistance has been met for area residents," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer W. M. Moore.
The Bell County recovery center is located at:
Bell County Home Health
1321 North 25th Street
Middlesboro, KY 40965
When the recovery center closes, disaster survivors can still stay in touch with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual. Calls are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST.
Check on the status of a FEMA application and get additional information online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
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