Disaster Recovery Center opens in Johnson County


Staff Report



FRANKFORT – A Commonwealth/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Johnson County to assist homeowners, renters and business owners in Carter, Johnson, Rowan, and Trimble counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in July.

The Disaster Recovery Center will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice and is located at: Midway College School of Pharmacy (formerly the Paintsville Entrepreneurial Center), 120 Teays Branch Road

Paintsville, Ky. 41240.

Specialists from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. Services are provided in English and Spanish.

Survivors will be able to:

– Discuss their individual disaster-related needs.

– Submit additional documentation needed, including occupancy or ownership verification papers and letters from insurance companies.

– Find out the status of an application.

– Obtain information about different types of assistance.

– Get help from SBA to complete disaster loan applications for homeowners, renters and business owners.

– Receive referrals to the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate disaster-related needs.

If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before going to a center. Individuals, families and business owners in the designated counties can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 800-462-7585 directly. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Disaster assistance may include money to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs. Low-interest SBA loans may also be available for losses not covered by insurance or other sources.

For more information on Kentucky disaster recovery, visit http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4239. Visit the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency website at http://kyem.ky.gov/DisasterNews.

Staff Report

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