Free legal services and crisis advice available
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) – If you’re facing new legal issues or experiencing feelings of despair or stress in the aftermath of the December 10-11 tornadoes, you can now get free legal advice and guidance. free crises.
FEMA has made free assistance available to residents of the 16 counties most affected by tornadoes: Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren.
Free legal services. Low-income, elderly and other vulnerable residents who have been affected by the disaster and cannot afford their own attorney can call 877-782-4219. The helpline is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Voicemail messages can be left 24 hours a day, every day.
When leaving a message, state the county you are in and describe your legal issue related to the tornado. Callers may receive assistance from Kentucky Legal Aid staff or a pro bono attorney. Examples of assistance available include FEMA security assistance and other benefits; insurance claims; home repair contracts and contractors; consumer protection issues; replacement of wills and other important legal documents that have been destroyed; and mortgage foreclosures and landlord-tenant issues.
The service is a partnership between FEMA, the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and other Kentucky legal groups.
Immediate crisis advice. The US Department of Health and Human Services and FEMA have activated a disaster hotline in Kentucky; phone or text 800-985-5990. This free crisis assistance service is available all day for disaster survivors experiencing emotional distress or mental health issues caused or aggravated by tornadoes or their aftermath.
Helpline staff can provide confidential counseling and other necessary support services or connect callers immediately with trained professionals at the nearest participating crisis counseling centre.
Spanish speakers can press “2” for bilingual support. Callers can connect with advisors in over 100 other languages via third-party interpreter services by indicating their preferred language to the advisor who answers. A videophone option for American Sign Language users is also available by calling 800-985-5990 from a videophone-enabled device or through an “ASL Now” link at samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline.
The deadline to apply for Federal Disaster Assistance is Friday February 11. For an accessible video on how to request FEMA assistance, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw.
For more information on Kentucky’s recovery from tornadoes, visit fema.gov/disaster/4630. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4)/Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.
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