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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:
  • 1 Refrigerator
  • 1 Washer and dryer, stackable
  • 8 Cereal bowls
  • 8 Glasses
  • Pots and Pans
  • 4 sets Sheets for Twin Beds
  • 2 sets Sheets for Full Size Bed
  • 4 Pillows with Pillow cases
  • 4 Blankets for Twin Size Beds
  • 2 Blankets for Full Size Beds
  • 1 Bunk Bed
  • 3 sets Curtains for Bed Rooms and Living Room
  • Dish towels/li>
  • Dish Cloths
  • Television Set
  • Television Stand
  • Toaster
  • 2 Trash Cans: 1 for Kitchen and 1 for Bathroom
  • 2 Sets Window Blinds for Bedrooms, 34" Wide
If anyone has or would like to donate please contact Stacy Janes at (270) 576-4747 or Emory Kidd at 270-528-6259. Of course, Stacy Janes said, the Metcalfe County / South Central Kentucky Rescue House can always use money for the projects. Donations are appreciated and will be put to good use. Call to make arrangements for donations.


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The people behind the Metcalfe Co./SC KY Rescue House



2010-09-30 - Photo Courtesy Stacy Janes. Metcalfe County Lake Park, Edmonton, KYWork was still in progress getting the Metcalfe County/South Central Kentucky Rescue House ready for it first occupant and for Open House, at 10amCT, Saturday, October 9, 2010 when this photo was made with three principals in its becoming a reality: from left Emory Kidd, Metcalfe County Emergency Management Director; Stacy Janes, and Metcalfe County Judge Executive Greg Wilson. The home will be made available for occupancy by families when disasters, such as a total loss fire, strikes. Families will be able to stay in the 700 s.f. house for two weekss while they find new homes.
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Painting the ceiling of Metcalfe Co./South Central Rescue House



2010-09-30 - Photo by Stacy Janes. Metcalfe Co. Lake Park, Edmonton, KYTami Geralds volunteered to help paint the Metcalfe Co./South Central Rescue House, and has ended up doing all the painting needed to get the 700 s.f. shelter ready for occupancy.
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