WATCH: Mayfield-Graves County Regional Emergency Operations Center Tornado Recovery Update | News
GRAVES COUNTY, KY – The Graves County Emergency Management Office and Mayfield-Graves County Regional Emergency Operations Center hosted a briefing to update the community on the progress of tornado response efforts .
The briefing took place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11.
Officials provided updates on the ongoing response to the deadly EF-4 tornado that caused widespread destruction in Mayfield and Graves County on the night of December 10 and answered questions from the community on the help available.
Local 6 provided live streaming of the briefing here and on our Facebook page. The feed was also provided via Graves County Emergency Management Office Facebook page. People with questions about recovery efforts and tornado assistance can post comments or posts on the Emergency Management Office’s Facebook page. If you missed the live stream, you can watch the entire meeting recording in the video above.
People living in Mayfield and Graves County can also seek help by calling the Graves County Tornado Hotline at 270-727-5114. The emergency management office says people should use the hotline if they don’t have food, water, tarps, generators, blankets or other essentials. The hotline is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Outside of business hours, people can leave voice messages that are monitored. The hotline is not for emergencies. Anyone in an emergency should dial 911.
Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency present at the meeting again encouraged people to register with both FEMA and the Small Business Administration. For FEMA updates on open disaster recovery centers, call the FEMA Hotline at 800-621-3362. For more information from FEMA on Kentucky Tornado Recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4630.
The SBA provides loans not only to businesses, but also to homeowners and tenants. An SBA representative said as of Jan. 10, $ 14,867,700 in disaster loans has been made to business owners, homeowners, tenants and nonprofits. There is no charge for applying for these low interest loans, and people who are approved for a loan don’t have to take it if they decide they don’t want it. For more information and loan requests, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing) or email [email protected] Loan applications can also be downloaded from sba.gov/catastrophe. Completed applications should be mailed to: US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Representatives from FEMA and SBA encouraged people to come to the disaster recovery center at tThe Graves County Public Library for in-person assistance. It’s at 601 N. 17th St. in Mayfield.
The filing deadline to return SBA claims for property damage to property is February 10. The deadline for returning SBA economic damages claims is September 12. The deadline to apply for federal assistance through FEMA is February 11.
A representative from the American Red Cross said it has been distributing funds to storm survivors for just over two weeks now and continues to shelter people until housing becomes available. The representative said Red Cross volunteers will do case work for people in the community to help them get what they need to remove the barriers preventing them from returning home. She also noted that the Red Cross was calling and texting people to give them updates. She said if you receive a call or text from the Red Cross it is not a scam and people who receive these communications are encouraged to respond.
During the briefing, Mayfield Mayor Kathy O’Nan shared a statement from Mayfield Graves County NAACP Chairman Bruce Dobyns. Dobyns said the local NAACP is here to work with anyone who thinks they have experienced discrimination after the tornado. Those concerned about discrimination can email [email protected] or call 309-678-8990.
Leaders held a similar briefing on December 28. If you missed this briefing, Click here to watch it in full.