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Appalachian Flood Support Resources

2 months ago

On July 28th, Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia, and surrounding areas experienced historic flooding levels. We'll be collecting verifiable donation fund and resource information and posting it here. 

UPDATE: We have had an immense outpouring of support and response over the past several days and have raised thousands in direct, immediate aid to folks affected by the storms. Read our full statement of thanks and gratitude here. 

APPALSHOP VOLUNTEERS: If you would like to sign-up to be a volunteers in the coming weeks and months of clean-up, please fill out the form here or go to appalshop.org/volunteer

AVOID FEMA FRAUD: If a FEMA inspector comes to your house and you didn't submit a FEMA application, you may be a scam victim. Inspectors never collect payment for disaster assistance. To report fraud, call the FEMA hotline at 800-621-3362.

The situation is developing, so please check back frequently and follow local news and the National Weather Service for emergency weather information. 

Local and State Officials:

Donation and Mutual Aid Funds: 

**At this point in time, we are hearing that many immediate needs have been met and the focus has turned more to direct donations and calls for volunteers which can be found at the bottom of this page.**

Legal Help

  • AppalReD Legal Aid is offering FREE Legal help for Flood Survivors - call 1-844-478-0099, M-F 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    • For help with FEMA Appeals, Unemployment Insurance, SNAP Benefits, Medicaid/Medicare, Replacement IDs and Birth Certificates, Replacement EBT/Direct Express/WIC Cards, Insurance Denials, Scams and fraud, Housing (Homeowners and renters), other resources.

Free WiFi Zones: 

  • Letcher County Health Center - 115 E Main Street, Whitesburg, KY
    • Network: FEMA Rajant - Password: Accelecom
  • Knott County Health Center - 880 W Main Street Hindman, KY
    • Network: Knott Rajant - Password: Accelecom
  • Perry County Health Center - 239 Lovern Street, Hazard, KY
    • Network: Redcross Rajant - Password: Accelecom
  • Kentucky River District Health Department - 441 Gorman Hollow Road, Hazard, KY
    • Network: Rajant - Perry Co. - 5Ghz - Password: Accelecom

Clean Up and Recovery Resources: 

  • One-Stop Disaster Recovery Centers - locations that provide both state and federal resources such as SNAP benefits, applying for FEMA assistance, etc. Unless otherwise noted, DRCs are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
    • Breathitt County - Breathitt County Library, 1024 College Avenue, Jackson KY 41339
    • Clay County - Clay County Community Center, 311 Hwy 638, Manchester KY 40962​
    • Clay County - Oneida Elementary - 435 Newfound Rd., Oneida, KY 40972
    • Floyd County - Christian Appalachian Porject - 94 Academy Way, Martin, KY 41649
    • Knott County - Knott County Sportsplex, 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn KY 41831
    • Leslie County - (open Aug. 18-20, Aug. 25-27) - Flood Plains Management Building, 24770 Hwy 421, Hyden KY 41749
    • Letcher County - Letcher County Recreation Center, 1505 Jenkins Road, Whitesburg KY 41858
    • Magoffin County - (open Aug. 14-16, Aug. 21-23) - Magoffin County Health Department, 119 E. Mountain Parkway, Salyersville KY 41465
    • Owsley County - (open Aug. 14-16, Aug. 21-23) - Owsley Recreation Center, 99 Country Barn Road, Booneville KY 41314
    • Perry County - Hazard Community College, First Federal Center, 1 Community Drive, Hazard KY 41701​
    • Pike County - Dorton Community Center, 112 Dorton Hill Road, Jenkins KY 41722
    • Whitley County - (open Aug. 21-23, Aug. 28-30) - Whitley County Home Health Agency, 368 Penny Lane, Williamsburg KY 40769
  • East KY Emergency Travel Trailer Shelter Program - Call  502-234-1225 or go to https://arcg.is/15W40v0 to apply for the sheltering program
  • Tips from UK Healthcare to stay safe during Flood Recovery Cleanup
  • FEMA Assistance Information - DisasterAssistance.gov 
    • Note: The application may not be updated with your county's disaster declaration yet, but you can pre-apply and the application will process when your county is declared. 
    • You may also call FEMA for assistance at 1-800-621-3362 or use their mobile app.
    • FEMA has Mobile Registration Centers at these locations, open 7am to 7pm daily: 
      • Breathitt County - Breathitt County Library, 1024 College Avenue, Jackson KY 41339
      • Clay County - Clay Co Community Center, 311 Highway 638, Manchester, KY 40962
      • Clay County - Oneida Elementary - 435 Newfound Rd., Oneida, KY 40972
      • Floyd County - Christian Appalachian Porject - 94 Academy Way, Martin, KY 41649
      • Knott County - Knott County Sportsplex, 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn, KY 41831
      • Letcher County - Letcher County Recreation Center, 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY, 41858
      • Perry County - Hazard Community and Technical College, 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701
      • Pike County - Dorton Community Center, 112 Dorton Hill Road, Jenkins KY 41722
  • FEMA Kentucky Flooding Disaster Dashboard - with quick links for help for individuals and families, small businesses, and more
  • Tide Loads of Hope Locations - Bring your laundry (2 Loads Per Family Per Day, No Shoes or Bedding, Limited capacity to do any towels) to get done at one of these locations from 9am to 5pm: 
    • Letcher County/Whitesburg Walmart - 350 Whitesburg Plaza, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Perry County/Hazard Walmart - 120 Daniel Boone Plz, Hazard, KY 41701
  • Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
    • Individual Assistance:  Individuals and families can apply for $250 plus $50 for each child located here or at bit.ly/ekyflood2022 takes you straight to the portal.
    • Small Business Assistance: Businesses must be locally owned; nonprofits and social enterprises must be locally based
      • Apply at bit.ly/ekygrantapp.
      • Choose “Appalachian Crisis Aid for Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Social Enterprises”.
      • If you have applied for a grant with us before, please log in to your account.
      • If you have not applied for a grant with us before, you will need to create an account.
      • If you have questions please contact Geoff Marietta: [email protected]
    • Family Farm Assistance: For family and locally owned/operated farms with ten or fewer employees.
      • Apply at bit.ly/ekygrantapp
      • Choose “Central Appalachian Family Farm Fund – Flood Relief Application”.
      • If you have applied for a grant with us before, please log in to your account.
      • If you have not applied for a grant with us before, you will need to create an account.
      • If you have questions contact Jennifer Weeber: [email protected]
  • KY Realtors Association Mortgage and Rental Assistance Application - Apply for assistance of up to $3,000 per household/3 months of expenses
  • SBP Flood Recovery Resources
  • Crisis Cleanup - Eastern Kentucky Home Cleanup Hotline - 606-268-0896
    • If you need assistance with home cleanup tasks such as cutting fallen tress, drywall, flooring and appliance removal, tarping roofs, mold mitigation, etc. you may call the hotline for FREE assistance. 
    • Please Note: this hotline is for home cleanup ONLY, not businesses. The hotline also cannot assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, FEMA assistance, etc. 
  • KY Arts Council Artists Flood Damage Report Form
  • KY Emergency Management Quick Guide for Public Assistance (for Private Non-Profts)
  • Quilt/Textile Clean-up and Recovery Help - If you have an heirloom/sentimental quilt or textile in need of cleaning, restoring, or repairing, contact Carrie Wells Carter via call or text at 606-634-9362 or email at [email protected]
  • CERF+ Artists Safety Net - Application for funding help and online resources for artists
  • Christian Appalachian Project is offering to pull up carpet and sanitize floors, call 606-530-0184.
  • US Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
    • The SBA and local partners (including SOAR, Mountain Association, SKED, Community Ventures, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, Kentucky SBDC, and KHIC) have opened Business Recovery Centers where you can apply for assistance, 9AM to 7PM until August 20, 2022:
      • Hazard Community and Technical College - Jolly Classroom Center, 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701
      • Eastern Kentucky University - Manchester - 50 University Drive, Manchester, KY 40962
      •  Appalachian Groundswell - 229 East Main Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858
  • Better Help Mental Health Resources - Better Help is offering 3 months of free services for those affected by the floods (the webpage says midwest, but we are eligible as well)
  • KY Disaster Unemployment Assistance - Information on how to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
    • Impacted residents in any of these counties – Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley – can file a claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits online through the Kentucky Career Center website kcc.ky.gov or by phone at (502) 875-0442.
    • You DO NOT need to appear in person to file a Disaster Unemployment Assistance claim. In-person at the following Disaster Recovery Centers:
      • Clay County​ - Oneida Elementary School, 435 Newfound Road, Oneida KY 40972, Monday–Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 1-7 p.m.
      • Knott County - Knott County Sportsplex, ​450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn KY 41831, Monday–Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 1-7 p.m.
      • Please be aware that Unemployment Insurance staff will only handle Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims at these locations.
  • Asbestos and Disaster information - Flooding can disrupt asbestos in affected home and pose a serious health risk, check out the resources here for tips on how to deal with it.

Supplies Donation Drop Off/Pick Up Locations:

LETCHER COUNTY UPDATE (AS OF 8/12): In partnership with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and KY National Guard, the Letcher County Central High School distribution center will be pausing donation drop off’s while they transition to a new location. Please also note, they are at capacity with clothing. Please call 606-633-2339 in advance to provide details of your donation, so that they can accommodate you. Those in need are still encouraged to continue receiving hot meals at Letcher County Central High School until further notice.

Unless a location specifically is asking for clothing, we are hearing no more clothing donations at this time. 

Unless there are other needs indicated, needs have shifted to clean up needs and bedding items primarily.  Work gloves, shovels, brooms, mops, towels/rags, bedsheets/pillowcases, air mattresses, blankets, tarps, rubber boots, extension cords, box fans, small generators, washboard, rolls of plastic, batteries, flashlights, oil and oil lamps. 

  • Letcher County
    • Letcher County Sapling Center - Monday -Thursday (10 AM -6 PM) - 280 Main Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858 
    • Seventh Sons Clubhouse - 58 B BALL DR, Mcroberts, KY 41835 
    • Pine Mountain Outfitters (9 AM - 7 PM) - 47 HWY 19 Suite 1 Whitesburg, KY 41858 
    • Haymond Freewill Baptist Church (Kitchen Building)- 5045 Highway 805, Jenkins (Cromona), KY 41537 
    • Craft Colley Baptist Church - 3100 Craft Colley Rd. Ermine, KY 41815 
    • Hogg Allied Building at Southeast Campus (9 AM - 3 PM) - 2 Long Ave. Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Deane - Old Deane Post Office (10 AM - 5 PM) - 11173 Hwy 7 North Deane, KY 41812
    • Fleming-Neon Middle School (10 AM - 5 PM) - 50 2nd St, Neon, KY 41840
    • Old Neon FD (10 AM - 5 PM) - 50 Rescue St, Neon, KY 41840
    • Smile Faith (Jenkins, KY) (10 AM - 5 PM) - 9775 Hwy 805, Jenkins, KY 41537
    • McRoberts Community Center (10 AM - 5 PM) - 193 Band Mill Rd, McRoberts, KY 41835
    • Hemphill Community Center (10 AM - 5 PM) - 2514 KY-317, Jackhorn, KY 41825
    • Calvary Campus (Letcher, KY) (10 AM - 5 PM) - 31 Stuart Robinson Rd, Letcher, KY 41832
    • Blackey Missionary Baptist Church (M-F 10 AM - 5 PM) - 207 Main St Loop, Blackey, KY 41804
    • Old Golden Oak Office (Isom, KY) (10 AM - 5 PM) - 100 Big Blue Blvd, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Mountain Life Church (Jenkins Area) (Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM) - 12634 Apostolic Drive, Pound, VA 24279
    • Jenkins Middle School (Jenkins, KY) (10 AM - 5 PM) - 269 St Hwy 3086, Jenkins, KY 41537
    • Hollybush Branch Drop (Premium) (10 AM - 5 PM) - 10 Hollybush Branch Road, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Lighthouse Church - 6257 Hwy 931 N, (Campbranch)Whitesburg, KY
    • Beckham Bates School (Deane) (10 AM - 5 PM) - 150 Colson School Rd, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Cornerstone Church (10 AM - 5 PM) - 676 Hwy 2034, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • iCan Services (10 AM - 5 PM) - 36 Kona Dr, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Mayking Fire Dept. (10 AM - 5 PM) - 37 St. Hwy 1862, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • King’s Creek Fire Dept. (10 AM - 5 PM) - 8978 KY-160, Crown, KY 41858
    • Victory Temple Church at Branham’s Pools (10 AM - 5 PM) - 738 Hwy 2034, Whitesburg, KY 41858
  • Knott County
    • Hindman First Baptist Church - 130 Main Street, Hindman, KY 41822
    • Beaver Creek Elementary School - 8000 HWY 7 S, Topmost, KY 41862
    • Carr Creek Elementary - 8596 KY-160, Littcarr, KY 41834
    • Emmalena Elementary School - 8343 KY-550, Emmalena, KY 41740
    • Carr Creek Alumni Association (Old Carr Creek High School) - 118 Old Carr Creek High School Road, Redfox, KY 41847 
      • Havanna Hagans Thacker and Jacinta are there from 8am to 8pm daily - 859-544-0692 OR 606-233-8270
  • Breathitt County
    • First Church of God - 1772 KY HWY 30 West, Jackson, KY 41339
    • Breathitt County Hunger Alliance at the Panbowl Community Center - 1537 HWY 1812 North, Jackson, KY 41339
    • Jackson City School - 940 Highland Avenue, Jackson, KY 41339
    • Vancleve Fire Dept.  - 5439 KY 15, Jackson, KY 41339
    • United Methodist Mountain Mission - 950 KY HWY 30 - Jackson, KY 41339
    • Wolfcoal Volunteer Fire Department - 16 KY HWY 1933, Wolf Coal, KY 41339
  • Floyd County
    • The Mountain Muse - 128 S Front Street, Prestonsburg, KY - call 606-276-1828 or 606-276-7232 and someone will meet you to receive them
  • Perry County
    • Richard Harris Inc & Chillazation Massage LLC Building - 1544 Coal Fields Industrial Park, Chavies, KY, 41727 
    • First Presbyterian Church - 160 Broadway St, Hazard, KY 41701
    • East Perry Elementary - 301 Perry Cir Rd, Hazard, KY 41701
    • West Perry Elementary - 72 Miss Edna Lane, Hazard, KY 41701
    • Gospel Light Baptist Church - 100 Independence Dr, Hazard, KY 41701
    • Second Creek Church of God (call Merill at 606-216-4142) - 406 Hull School RD Hazard, KY 41701
  • Pike County
    • Elkhorn City Community Center - 408 1/2 W. 4th Street Elkhorn City, KY 41522 
    • Elkhorn City Fire Department - 395 Patty Loveless Dr, Elkhorn City, KY 41522
    • Shelby Creek Rescue Squad -
    • Sycamore Fire Department - 197 Elkhorn Creek Rd, Elkhorn City, KY 41522
    • Shelby Valley Fire Department - 1243 KY-610, Virgie, KY 41572
  • Louisville/Jefferson County
  • Lexington/Fayette County

Shelter Areas:

  • The following State Parks have been opened for shelter per Governor Beshear: 
    • Jenny Wiley - 419 Jenny Wiley Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    • Buckhorn Lake - 4441 KY-1833, Buckhorn, KY 41721
    • Pine Mountain - 1050 State Park Rd, Pineville, KY 40977
  • Floyd County
  • Pike County
  • Breathitt County
    • Breathitt County Courthouse -  1137 Main St., Jackson, KY 41339
  • Perry County
    • First Presbyterian Church - 160 Broadway St, Hazard, KY 41701
    • East Perry Elementary - 301 Perry Cir Rd, Hazard, KY 41701
    • West Perry Elementary - 72 Miss Edna Lane, Hazard, KY 41701
    • Gospel Light Baptist Church - 100 Independence Dr, Hazard, KY 41701
    • Second Creek Church of God (call Merill at 606-216-4142) - 406 Hull School RD Hazard, KY 41701
  • Knott County
    • Knott County Sportsplex - 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn, KY 41831
    • Hindman Settlement School - 51 Center St, Hindman, KY 41822
      • The School is serving meals at 8:30AM, 12:30PM, and 5:30PM
  • Letcher County
    • Letcher County Central High School - 435 Cougar Dr, Whitesburg, KY 41858
      • The Red Cross is also set up at this location, but the emergency overnight shelter will be relocating to the Letcher County Cooperative Office  - 478 Extension Dr, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • CANE Kitchen (food and water available) - 38 College Dr, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Pine Mountain Grill (serving food) - 45 US-119, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Waggin Tails Pet Resort is sheltering displaced pets - message their Facebook page to contact 
  • Wise Co, VA
    • James W. Adams Elementary School - 10824 Orby Cantrell Highway, Pound, VA 24279
    • Wise Volunteer Fire Department Bingo Hall - 307 Norton Rd, Wise, VA 24293
    • Coeburn Middle School - 518 Centre Ave NE, Coeburn, VA 24230

    Cooling Stations:

    As the summer heat sets back in, Governor Beshear annouced several cooling stations to allow people to cool off as we work through recovery efforts: 

    • Breathitt County – Breathitt Library – 1024 College Ave., Lost Creek  
    • Floyd County – Floyd Community Center – 7199 KY-80, Langley  
    • Johnson County – City of Paintsville Recreation Center – 232 Preston St., Paintsville  
    • Knott County – Knott County Sportsplex – 450 Kenny Champion Loop, Leburn  
    • Letcher County – Letcher County Central High School – 435 Cougar Drive, Whitesburg  
    • Perry County – Perry County Community Center – 354 Perry Park, Hazard  
    • Pike County – Valley Elementary School – 162 Douglas Pkwy., Pikeville 
    • Wolfe County – Senior Center – 76 Marion St., Campton

      Pharmacy Assistance:

      MCO pharmacy assistance, call MedImpact at (800) 210-7628.

      Traditional Medicaid Magellan at 1-800-635-2570.

      Kentucky Medicaid is working to ensure #MedicaidMembers impacted by the state of emergency due to flooding in Eastern Kentucky have access to health care resources and supports, including medications.

      Members in a 1915c HCBS waiver program should call (844) 784-5614 or email [email protected] Call center staff are prepared and can help complete forms to request assistance. For HCBS waiver pharmacy assistance, call Magellan at 1-800-635-2570.

      Members with a Managed Care Organization (MCO) such as Aetna; Anthem; Humana; Passport by Molina; UnitedHealthcare; or WellCare should contact their MCO member services listed on their member card for assistance or dial the following numbers:

      • Aetna: 1-855-300-5528
      • Anthem: 1-855-690-7784
      • Humana: 1-800-444-9137
      • Passport by Molina: 1-800-578-0603
      • WellCare: 1-877-389-9457
      • UnitedHealthcare: 1-866-293-1796

      For MCO pharmacy assistance, call MedImpact at (800) 210-7628.

      Volunteer Calls: 

      Please check our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for other volunteer calls we hear of. 

      Other Resources:

      • Ludar Animal Behavior & Consulting - They are facilitating both assistance with displaced pets (in partnership with Waggin Tails) and assistance to Roma and Indigenous (Native American) communities in need of flood relief. Please email at [email protected] or contact via Facebook or Instagram
      • KY Dept of Transportation Road Closures Info
      • Free Birth Control via BCBenefits - or go to allaccessEKY.org/freebirthcontrol
        • If you live in Kentucky and are currently uninsured (or do not want to use your parent’s insurance), you could be eligible for:
          • a free virtual birth control visit with one of our telehealth partners and a free one-year supply of the birth control pill mailed directly to you
          • reimbursement for an in-person visit with any health provider to get the birth control method of your choice
          • free roundtrip ride to cover travel to and from an in-person appointment
        • If you live in Kentucky and are currently insured, you may qualify for:
          • a free roundtrip ride to cover travel to and from a birth control appointment with your healthcare provider
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