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Appalachian Flood Support Resources

1 year ago

On July 28th, Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia, and surrounding areas experienced historic flooding levels. As we move into the later stages of recovery, we encourage folks to follow local and state officials for information and our social channels were we will lift up information as we hear more. 

Below we still have access to clean-up resources and ways for folks to make financial donations that will continue to help those in need as we go through the long path to recovery.  You may also see updated information from the Governor of Kentucky by clicking here.

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.

Local and State Officials:

Donation and Mutual Aid Funds: 

**At this point in time, many immediate needs have been met and the focus has turned more to direct donations.**

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.

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​
    • Knott County - Knott County Sportsplex, 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn KY 41831
    • Letcher County - Letcher County Recreation Center, 1505 Jenkins Road, Whitesburg KY 41858
    • 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

    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
      • 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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