The first responders stand in front of the emergency line – Le Journal de l’intérieur

First responders line up in front of the emergency line

Posted 8:11 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022


FEMA has announced that first responders, such as police, firefighters, medical personnel and anyone who rushes to the scene of a disaster to help however they can, will be the first in another situation.

Starting Friday, August 26 and every Friday after, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., first responders can move to the front of every disaster assistance center and mobile registration center in eastern Kentucky. By showing their ID badge, they won’t have to wait in line to discuss with center staff their own requests for help following the July 26 floods.

While first responders will move to the front of the line early on Fridays, other flood survivors are urged to visit disaster centers whenever they can. Disaster recovery centers are staffed with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and state agencies, to help survivors complete applications for federal assistance and access information on other flood-related resources. Posters reminding visitors of First Responder Fridays will be displayed at each of the following rescue centres:

• Knott County: Knott County Sport Plex, 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, in Leburn.

• Clay County: Clay Community Center, 311 Highway 638, Manchester.

• Perry County: Hazard Community College, First Federal Center, 1 Community College Dr., in Hazard.

• Breathitt County: Breathitt Library, 1024 College Ave., Jackson.

• Letcher County: Letcher County Recreation Center, 1505 Jenkins Road, Whitesburg

• Pike County: Dorton Community Center, 112 Dorton Hill Rd., Pikeville.

The six centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday.

Betty K. Park