Dawson Springs town hall meeting held to discuss tornado efforts

Dawson Springs town hall meeting held to discuss tornado efforts
Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 5:59 PM CST
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DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WFIE) - Dawson Springs is moving into the rebuilding phase after December’s tornadoes.

Similar to town halls prior to Friday’s meeting, residents are focusing on making sure people know what they need to do to get their lives back in order.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended its deadline for registration to March 14, so that’s still priority number one.

Officials say if people are registered, they can work with agency leaders at any time to get free money.

March 14 is also the day when the city will stop removing debris, but private contractors will continue the work after that.

The city council is also inviting people to come and give advice on the rebuilding of public spaces.

FEMA says people should also consider whether their temporary living situation needs to change.

“Y’all have been doing this a while, and it might be time for some folks to get into a different situation,” Bill Hamiln with FEMA said. “We’re perfectly willing to consider that. Go ahead and come back and tell us. Get with our case management folks at the DRC with the point of contact they were given, and we’ll work with them again.”

The Small Business Administration is still accepting personal loan applications until March 14 as well.

Officials say the best way to do any of this is to go straight to a disaster recovery center and go over your situation in detail.

The city says they will be taking rebuilding suggestions on the following dates:

Feb. 21-22 at 3-6 p.m. - People in attendance will be able to write on post-it notes and give suggestions for public space rebuilds. This meeting will be held at the Old City Hall building.

Feb. 26 at 1-4:30 p.m. or Feb. 27 9 a.m.-noon - This meeting will be for people to sign up for benefits from the American Red Cross. It will be held at the school.

March 8 - This meeting will be for people to give suggestions on the process of rebuilding parks in Dawson Springs. It will be held at the Old City Hall Building.

Sep. 28 - This is the deadline for businesses to apply for loans with the small business administration.

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