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FEMA planning to send out special teams to Kentucky neighborhoods impacted by storm

Dalton York

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning another way Kentucky residents will be able to apply for assistance following the recent deadly tornadoes and storms.

The federal agency wants to send out special teams to impacted Kentucky neighborhoods who don’t have the means to apply for aid.

“Now what we are working on down the road with in the next few days hopefully. Is sending FEMA teams into neighborhoods going door to door. Those folks are going to have tablets with them and they can register people right on the spot,” FEMA spokesperson, Nate Custer explained.

Since the storms hit, FEMA has set up mobile registration centers in Mayfield and Dawson Springs where people can register for assistance in person, as well as a larger claims center at the Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green.

The center at the Greenwood Mall is open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.

Custer said FEMA wants to help people wherever they are.

“We know that it’s been difficult as it often is in these disasters to reach everyone because people are preoccupied trying to get their lives back in order, trying to figure out where they are going to spend the next night,” he said.

“Some of them are just in a state of shock trying to get a handle on how to recover from these disasters. So, we try varies means to get the word out and to reach people so that they can get into the FEMA system and be considered for some help.”

Residents can also apply for aid by calling FEMA’s 800 number at 800-621-3362, visiting their website, or by using the FEMA app.

Federal disaster declarations cover the Kentucky counties of Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Hart, Hickman, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor, and Warren. 

The deadline for applications is February 11, 2022.

Alana Watson rejoined WKU Public Radio in August 2020 as the Ohio Valley ReSource economics reporter.
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