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Hopkins County Launches Emergency Contractor Registration Program
Kentucky Ag Connection - 01/13/2022

Attorney General Daniel Cameron partnered with officials in the City of Dawson Springs and Hopkins County to launch an emergency contractor registration program in the region. The program will register contractors looking to assist Kentuckians affected by recent storms and tornadoes and prevent "fly-by-night" contractors that often enter areas affected by natural disasters in an attempt to take advantage of consumers.

"We're committed to supporting our fellow Kentuckians in Dawson Springs and Hopkins County, and implementing this contractor registration program is one step in the rebuilding process," said Cameron. "We will continue to work with local officials to deter bad actors from carrying out scams and ensure that legitimate contractors are able to work in the area."

"We are going to see Dawson Springs and Hopkins County rebuilt, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure it's done well, done right, and better than ever," said Hopkins County Judge/Executive Jack Whitfield and Dawson Springs Mayor Chris Smiley.

Beginning on Wednesday, representatives from the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection are on site in Madisonville to assist with registering contractors. The registration office will be located at the Hopkins County Government Center, 56 North Main Street, Madisonville, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. Questions can be directed to the office by calling (502) 871-2424.

The program requires contractors to register prior to doing business. Registered contractors will be issued placards, which must be displayed on their job sites and in the contractor's vehicle. Contractors who are already registered with the City of Dawson Springs and Hopkins County can stop by the office to complete registration with Attorney General staff and receive a placard. Contractors who are not registered with the city and county will need to complete those registrations before receiving a placard.

The Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection worked with officials in Mayfield and Graves County to launch a pilot contractor registration program in December. The program is expanding this week to add Dawson Springs and Hopkins County as well as Caldwell County and the City of Princeton.

The program will also provide scam and fraud prevention information to Kentuckians affected by the tornadoes and storms. Brochures with scam prevention tips developed by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky will be available at the Madisonville office, and local residents are encouraged to visit to pick up a copy of the brochure. Electronic copies of the brochures are available here (English) and here (Spanish).

Tips to avoid common natural disaster scams are available on the Attorney General's website at https://ag.ky.gov/naturaldisasterscams. Consumers should be aware of these scams and report them to the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection. Scams can be reported at ag.ky.gov/scams and suspected price gouging can be reported at https://ag.ky.gov/pricegouging. Kentuckians wishing to report via phone can call the Attorney General's Natural Disaster Fraud Hotline at 502-696-5485.


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