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FEMA inspectors follow specific guidelines

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Appointments being scheduled to examine flood damage

By The Staff

Inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are calling Kentucky residents to schedule inspections of homes damaged by the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and tornadoes that began May 1.

To be considered for disaster assistance, you must register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585).

If you have home or property damage, an inspector will make an appointment to visit your home and assess property losses, generally within 7 to 10 days from the time you register. When the FEMA inspector calls, write down his name, dates and times of calls and appointments and telephone contact.

While most FEMA inspections go smoothly, you should be aware that some individuals have posed as FEMA inspectors in an effort to take advantage of disaster survivors. FEMA inspectors have FEMA identification badges. A FEMA inspector will not ask for a fee to inspect or personal information such as bank account numbers. Your address will be verified. Inspectors may take photos of the interior and exterior of the damaged dwelling as documentation.

If you or someone you know suffered loss or damage from this latest disaster, you are encouraged to document the damage, save any repair receipts and notify your local emergency director.