West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides (DR-1410)

Incident period: May 2, 2002 to May 20, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 5, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 13, 2002
News Release
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
News Release
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
News Release
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
News Release
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.
June 6, 2002
News Release
P>Beckley, WV -- Kanawha and Raleigh counties have been added to the list of West Virginia counties eligible for federal disaster assistance following severe storms, flooding and landslides that devastated the state between May 2 and May 20. Jack Schuback made the designation today at the request of state officials following a review of additional information about damages that occurred because of the disaster. Schuback is the deputy federal officer coordinating the disaster recovery.
June 3, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- June 3, 2002 - Many West Virginians now have the chance to sell their flooded homes and move to safety. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering communities funds to buy West Virginian homes in the more disaster-prone locations.

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