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 3, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Just one month after President Bush declared a major disaster for the state 5,163 persons in West Virginia have registered for disaster assistance, and nearly $11 million in federal and state assistance is helping them recover from the severe storms, flooding and landslides of early May.
May 30, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- If you gave your name to a fireman, sheriff's deputy, American Red Cross, Salvation Army or National Guardsman in the first hours or days of disaster recovery you were surely in good hands, but if you thought you also were registered for federal and state assistance, you might be disappointed. To get state and federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you must call 1-800-621-FEMA. Only a call to FEMA will get you federal assistance.
May 29, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- As floodwaters creep down, "disaster chasers" sometimes creep up. State and federal disaster recovery officials urge West Virginians who have disaster-related damage to be careful when hiring anyone to clean up and repair their homes and businesses.
May 28, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Your flood recovery money may stop if you don't fill out the loan form sent to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If your loan is approved, you're not committed to take it. But if you don't fill out the loan form, for sure you won't get any more money for other unmet needs. So, if you or a family member or your friend got a loan form, don't delay completing - and then returning - it to the SBA. That's the message from state and federal disaster recovery officials to persons who suffered losses due to the recent flooding and landslides.
May 24, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- The Matoaka Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) ends operations this weekend, and new centers in Roderfield and Avondale open on Tuesday, May 28, to assist individuals affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides of early May. Meanwhile, the Mobile DRC in Montcalm will extend operations through Wednesday, May 29.
May 23, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- In honor of Memorial Day, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration and Helpline will be closed on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. The lines will resume operation on Tuesday, May 28. Those affected may apply for assistance by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., until further notice. Hearing or speech-impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585.

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