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July 11, 2002
6,140 applicants have registered for disaster assistance in designated counties $10.08 million disbursed for Temporary Disaster Housing $ 3.80 million in Individual and Family Grants Approved $ 6.37 million in SBA Loans $10.44 million obligated federal funding to restore public infrastructure
July 3, 2002
Temporary Housing Needs Met In Premier; FEMA And State Provide Flooded Residents With Trailers While Properties Are Repaired
Beckley, WV -- Lynn Collette's Welch home rested uneasily in 16 feet of water this last May; another seven feet of water had visited her last year. Since then, she and her family of five have been getting-by, staying in a motel in Princeton. They were greatly relieved to meet with Gov. Wise this afternoon. He gave them keys to a mobile home in Premier where she and her family can finally call home.
June 24, 2002
Beckley, WV -- Disaster Recovery Centers operating in Bradshaw, Iaeger, Northfork and Welch will close on Friday, officials announced today. State and federal officials set up the centers for residents who sustained damages from the May severe storms, floods and landslides in West Virginia. To date, the centers have received 3,773 visits from disaster-assistance applicants, though the number of those visiting the centers lately has declined.
June 24, 2002
Disaster Housing Assistance Applications Accepted Till July 5 For Those Whose Homes Are Unlivable Because Of The May Flooding
Beckley, WV -- Individuals and families could be eligible for temporary disaster-housing assistance if their homes were damaged or destroyed by the May severe storms, flooding and landslides, but time to apply is running out. According to Steve Kappa, director of the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services, Friday, July 5, is the last day to register for assistance. Those needing help must apply by 6 p.m. on or before that date.
June 21, 2002
Beckley, WV -- July 5 is the last day to apply for state and federal help in dealing with May's severe storms and flooding, officials said. More than 5,750 West Virginians have registered thus far. "Help is available but folks do need to let us know they need help. They need to make a telephone call to get it started: If you need help recovering from last month's disaster1-800-621-FEMA (3362)," Steve Kappa said. "The call's free." Kappa is director of the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and heads the West Virginia side of the joint state/federal disaster response.
June 17, 2002
Beckley, WV -- To date, disaster recovery officials have approved $20.8 million in grants and loans for those affected in May by severe storms, flooding and landslides in West Virginia. They expect these figures to climb as the recovery operation continues. The deadline to apply for state and federal assistance is July 5.
June 13, 2002
Beckley, WV -- July 5 is the last day to apply for state and federal help in dealing with May's severe storms and flooding, officials said. More than 5,500 West Virginians have registered thus far. "If you need help recovering from last month's disaster, just call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)," Steve Kappa said. "The call is free." Kappa is director of the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and heads the West Virginia side of the joint state/federal disaster response.
June 11, 2002
Beckley, WV -- Starting this week, state/federal Disaster Recovery Centers in West Virginia will be closed on weekends. They will remain open Monday through Friday. The hours of operation continue 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants for flood assistance have made nearly 3,000 visits to the centers. Disaster officials note that most current visits, however, occur on weekdays -- Monday through Friday, with very few on the weekend.
June 10, 2002
Beckley, WV --Seconds save lives! Public safety experts recommend that every home have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio receiver. These receivers are equipped with a special alarm tone feature that can sound an alert and give you immediate information about a life-threatening situation. Enough bells and whistles to get your attention when most needed.
June 6, 2002
FEMA Lays Foundation for Temporary Housing Needs Provides living spaces for flood victims while properties get repaired
Beckley, WV -- Immediately after last month's floods, several West Virginians moved to mobile homes or travel-trailers - provided free of charge by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Because more than 4,600 homes were damaged or destroyed by the May floods and landslides more residents could still be eligible for the mobile-homes-and-travel-trailer temporary housing. Many people in McDowell County and elsewhere will need the housing assistance. That's the assessment of FEMA officials after recent interviews with disaster victims.