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Closure Of Six Disaster Recovery Centers Does Not End Chance For Aid

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March 12, 2008
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) that are open in six Kentucky counties this week to assist people who suffered losses from the Feb. 5-6 tornadoes will be closing soon, but this does not mean an end to the opportunity to apply for federal assistance or to obtain help with an application or appeal.

"The mobile Disaster Recovery Centers give people the chance to talk in-person with recovery specialists," said Michael Bolch, the federal official in charge of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery assistance program in Kentucky. "Even after the centers close, assistance remains available every day via a toll-free phone call to the FEMA Helpline as well as online at the FEMA Web site. People can continue to apply using these resources, to follow up on their applications or to appeal a negative decision."

The DRC in Nicholas County will close at 6 p.m., Friday, March 14. The DRCs in Hopkins, Bath, Spencer, Harrison and Shelby counties will close at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

"The DRCs are providing people with the chance to get answers in person to any questions they may have about the recovery process," said Charlie Winter, assistant director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and state coordinating officer for this event. "We want to stress, however, that anyone needing assistance should register with FEMA regardless of whether they visit a DRC."

Individuals can register for assistance online at or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or for anyone with a hearing or speech impairment, TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free line is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time seven days a week. The deadline to apply to FEMA for disaster assistance is April 21.

Closing Schedule Disaster Recovery Centers
Operating Hours:  8 a.m.-6 pm Daily

Hopkins County
City Hall
106 Northeast Railroad St.
White Plains, KY  42464
Closing 6 p.m. Sat., March 15

Bath County
Bath County Extension Office
2914 East Highway 60
Owingsville, KY  40360
Closing 6 p.m. Sat., March 15

Spencer County
Emergency Medical Service
44 Spears Drive
Taylorsville, KY  40071
Closing 6 p.m. Sat., March 15

Harrison County
Search & Rescue Squad
113 West Pike Street
Cynthiana, KY  41031
Closing 6 p.m. Sat., March 15

Shelby County
Shelby County Emergency Management Office
98 Seventh Street
Shelbyville, KY 40066
Closing 6 p.m. Sat., March 15

Nicholas County
National Guard Armory
2299 Concrete Road
Carlisle, KY  40311
Closing 6 p.m. Friday, March 14

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

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