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

May 22, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- To date, disaster recovery officials have approved more than $6 million in grants for those affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and landslides in southern West Virginia. Disaster officials expect these figures to continue to climb as the recovery operation progresses.
May 22, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Disaster recovery officials are changing the hours of operation of Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) that assist individuals affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides of early May. Starting Thursday, May 23, the hours of operation change to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The centers are closed on Sundays. (Previously the hours of operation were 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
May 22, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- A Disaster Information Helpline that is easier to use has been established for victims of the early May severe storms, flooding and landslides in West Virginia. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently set up the new system to make it easier for people to initiate and maintain contact with disaster recovery offices. Now there is no need for disaster victims to learn a second number; the Helpline number is the same as FEMA's Toll-Free Application number.
May 22, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- More than $3.8 million in disaster housing grants for residents affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and landslides in southern West Virginia has been approved, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced today. As of Wednesday, 3,822 individuals had registered with FEMA for assistance. Of these, 2,032 were referred to the Individual and Family Grant Program and 3,435 were being processed for Disaster Housing assistance.
May 22, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Disaster officials can identify applicants who try to cash in on others' misfortune following a presidential disaster declaration. In past disaster recovery activities, a small percentage of fraudulent applications were made; and those few who tried to cheat were caught and faced serious consequences. Anyone who knowingly makes false statements to obtain disaster aid is in violation of federal and state laws that carry penalties including severe fines or imprisonment up to five years, or both.
May 18, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Two West Virginia/Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be moving to locations in Panther, Spanishburg and Montcalm next week. Unit #1: Departs: War Town Hall parking lot, Sunday May 19, 2002 Relocates to: Friendly Mart/Diner, next to Panther Elementary School on Route 3, McDowell County Dates of Operation: Tuesday, May 21 through Sunday May 26 Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Unit #2:

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