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Metcalfe Co./SC Rescue House is 1st in the State of Kentucky
Open House is Saturday, October 9, 2010. House will offer temporary housing to families after a disaster. The house is only the third such in the United States. Several items are still needed to have the house ready for occupancy.
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The Metcalfe County / South Central Kentucky Rescue House is nearing completion, with a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting scheduled for October 9, 2010 at 10amCT. The house is located at the Metcalfe County Lake and Park, Edmonton, KY. Everyone is invited to take part in the ribbon cutting and tour the Rescue House. Refreshments will be served.
This is the first Rescue House in the State of Kentucky and the third in the Nation, and Metcalfe County is only the second county in the U.S. to have such a facility, as the other two are in the same county. Metcalfe County/South Central Kentucky Rescue House is being supplied by Judge/Executive Greg Wilson, the Metcalfe County Fiscal Court, and numerous volunteers.
The idea for the Rescue House came from Stacy Janes, who had seen the homes in Indiana. The only other two are at Anderson, IN, and at Alexandria, IN. Both are in Madison County, IN. Both were started by firefighters who saw the need for housing to help families through difficult times immediately following disasters.
"Stacy brought the idea to me and together we took it to Judge Wilson," Emory Kidd said, "and he and the Metcalfe County Fiscal court were all for it."
The rescue house is designated for Metcalfe County families that have a need for lodging during the time of disasters. The house will be available for 2 week periods, where in the event a family suffers a lose due to fire or other disasters, they can move into this house which keeps them in Metcalfe County with minimal disruption to theirs live.
"I work for the American Red Cross," Stacey Janes said. "The Red Cross will provide three days of lodging in a hotel. That's wonderful. But from my experience, it is just not enough time for a family to find suitable housing after they lose their home. The two weeks we will be providing should be adequate time, in most cases."
Emory Kidd said the house has approximately 700 s.f. "There's a master bedroom for the parents, and the kids' bedroom is set up with four bunkbeds, so it will accommodate a family of up to six people," he said. Stacey Janes described it as a little bigger than an efficiency apartment.
Some items are still needed to outfit the house, he said. They are:
This story was posted on 2010-09-30 12:59:47
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