POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WDKY) – If you’re still looking for federal help to recover from flooding, FEMA will be setting up mobile support centers in Breathitt, Johnson, and Powell counties.
Starting this Saturday and into next Tuesday, the centers will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. to answer any questions for anyone in the 31 counties listed in the disaster declaration.
In Powell County, Clay City’s First Church of God is partnering with FEMA with mobile assistance centers to help flood victims that are still struggling.
“Folks that haven’t yet registered for FEMA assistance will be able to go to the mobile unit and register,” said FEMA’s Kentucky spokesperson, Jack Heesch. “For those who have already registered, and may have questions or wondering what’s happening, that’s also a place they can go and get some answers.
Heesch says checking with a supporter center is even important for those what had been rejected from their initial claim.
“Someone that may have received a letter that says they are not eligible,” said Heesch. “First thing they ought to do, the second paragraph generally spells out what the problem is, and very often it’s something simple.”
These simple errors can be easily fixed by speaking to a representative at these meetings.
For Powell County Judge-Executive James Anderson, he’s seen his people struggle to get federal aid.
“Some of them didn’t know that the particular structure may have had claims in the past and the insured vs the non-insured,” Anderson said. “There’s a lot of things that go into that, and I’ve heard from several that have been denied.”
He knows, for a lot of these people, the aid is not going to be the “fix-all, be-all,” but it can give some hope and peace of mind.
This will be an in-person event and they hoping those who need assistance or people who have filed claims, and are looking for answers, will show up in order to get some of those questions answered.
“We’re pretty excited to know that they are going to be there versus talking to someone online,” Anderson said. “I think this is a much easier process.”
Not only will they have the three support centers open this weekend, but throughout the rest of the month of June, until the June 23 deadline, they will continue to open more in other counties that are included in the disaster declaration.
It will be a first come first serve basis at the locations and officials say to be patient and they will help all that attend.