FEMA opens recovery centers in Bell, Perry and Knox counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened three disaster recovery centers to help people affected by storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit Bell, Perry and Knox counties June 19-23.

The Knox County center, which opened Monday, is at Artemus Baptist Church, 3085 Ky. 225, Artemus, according to news release issued Monday by FEMA.

The center in Bell County is at 1321 North 25th St., Middlesboro. In Perry County, the center is at the Senior Citizens Center, 354 Perry Park Road, Hazard.

The centers are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Representatives of FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to meet with people who wish to apply for grants for personal property losses and "serious disaster-related needs" that aren't otherwise being paid for.

Low interest loan packages are also available through the SBA to cover residential and business losses that are not covered by insurance.

People can also register for assistance at or by smartphone or tablet at

Registration is also available by calling 1-800-621-3362. Those with speech or hearing impairments can use TTY to call 1-800-462-7585. Phones are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, according to the news release.

The floods caused one death and millions of dollars' worth of damage in Eastern Kentucky.

A presidential disaster declaration covered Bell, Knox, Perry, Breathitt, Knott, Lee and Magoffin counties.

FEMA approved financial assistance earlier for local governments and some non-profit agencies in those counties, and for the state.

So far, individual assistance has only been made available for people in Bell, Perry and Knox counties.