FEMA disaster recovery centers open

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open in Paintsville at the recreation center for anyone in Johnson County affected by the recent tornado outbreak. People were filing in and out all day Monday to see what assistance they can get to get back on their feet.

Dosha Clemons says she never expected the storms to tear apart her home in Hager Hill, and she and many others did not have a plan to help pick up the pieces.

"This can't happen to us, you know, and it's just like being in shock. I just don't know which way to do and go, and everything is just like a nightmare," said Clemons.

Since the storms, FEMA has stepped in to bring some relief. They have set up disaster recovery centers in several of the hardest hit counties.
FEMA officials say victims need to fill out applications for aid. They can do that by going to www.fema.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362. Once they have applied, they can visit the recovery centers for more help.

"If you have any questions about your application or want to meet face to face with a FEMA representative you can come here," said FEMA Public Information Officer Don Daniel.

Officials say the representatives at the centers can help victims understand what aid they are eligible for, from temporary housing and repair to medical and dental aid.

"I hope that the citizens will realize that FEMA is here to help them in their recovery process. That's it 100%," said Daniel.

"It's a great thing to help people. I think everybody appreciates them," said Clemons.

The recovery center will be open every day from 9-6 until further notice.


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