Workshop method

FEMA representatives hold a workshop on rebuilding after a natural disaster

BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – FEMA mitigation specialists were at Jackson True Value Hardware and Promart Home Center in Knott County to answer questions and provide home improvement advice while as flood survivors begin to rebuild.

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FEMA recommends homeowners seek assistance or check the status of their claim if they stop at these events.

“We’re pretty much the first, they come to us and that’s how we get the ball rolling,” FEMA’s Kejuan Johnson said.

Aimed at do-it-yourselfers, homeowners can find tips on how to build back stronger and use methods to prevent and mitigate damage if a natural disaster happens again.

“Anything you can do to avoid the flood. like the air conditioning unit, refrigerators, water heaters,” said FEMA’s Carolyn Hodges. “Raise them as high as you can.”

FEMA recommends people use water resistant materials and rebuilding to code is crucial.

“It can save a lot of property, and they can save content and it can even save a person’s life,” Hodges said.

They hope the owners will regain a sense of security as they rebuild their lives.

“There are things that they may not realize, in the way a structure is rebuilt, that can make it better able to withstand Mother Nature,” FEMA’s Nate Custer said.


  • Breathitt County – Jackson True Value Hardware– 726 Highway 15 N, Jackson, KY, 41339  Hours: 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday; closed on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day.
  • Knott County – ProMart Home Center – 1622 Highway 160 S, Hindman, KY, 41822  Hours: 7am-5:30pm Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays and Labor Day.