FEMA office open in Hardin County through Saturday

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Assistance available based on floods

By Linda Ireland

LaRue Countians who suffered any type of storm water damage during the May flooding are eligible for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The first step is to register by phone or online, said FEMA public information officer Michael A. Skeels. Residents may register at www.disasterassistance.gov anytime or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

The deadline to apply is July 12.

Chris Jackson of LaRue County Emergency Management urges residents to register and not let the deadline “slip by.”

“I don’t want people to miss out,” Jackson said.

A Disaster Recovery Office is open in Hardin County Emergency Services at 1450 Rineyville Road, Elizabethtown through Saturday evening.

Area residents who need to speak to a FEMA representative “face-to-face” may visit the temporary office 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Local officials hoped the office would be located in LaRue County but FEMA opted to set up a regional office in Hardin County. Residents are not required to live in the county where offices are located. They can go to any disaster office location.

 Staff can help with individual cases, answer questions about claims or review information needed to process claims.

More than $14.7 million has been distributed to disaster survivors who registered for disaster assistance with FEMA.