West Virginia Severe Winter Storms (DR-1455)

Incident period: February 16, 2003 to March 28, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 14, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 10, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Homeowners, landlords and business owners are urged to check with local and county governments regarding permits before repairing or rebuilding a structure damaged by winds or flooding. There can be strict local requirements on how and where structures may be renovated.
April 10, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Twelve more West Virginia counties have been declared eligible for federal and state snow emergency assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Louis Botta, federal coordinating officer. That raises the total to 20. The newly announced counties declared eligible for snow emergency assistance include Brooke, Hancock, Hardy, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Pendleton, Taylor, Tucker, Harrison and Wetzel.
April 9, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - State and federal officials announced the opening of the tenth West Virginia Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to provide information to those affected by the damage and losses caused by the severe winter storm Feb. 16 through Mar. 28. Opening Saturday, April 12, will be the Williamson Disaster Recovery Center located at the Williamson City Fire Department, 104 East 4th Avenue. The DRC is open Saturday through Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All DRCs are closed Sunday.
April 9, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - People and businesses damaged by the severe winter storms, record/near record snow, heavy rains, flooding and landslides that occurred Feb 16 may be eligible for Federal tax relief. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers assistance to disaster victims. The assistance will vary depending on the extent and severity of the disaster.
April 8, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - As people rebuild from flooding, ice and wind-driven rain caused by the severe storms Feb. 16, many who have been affected by the storms will seek contractors to help in the process. Most contractors are reputable, hard working individuals. Some people, however, try to take advantage of repair needs in the wake of a disaster. "Be especially alert for door-to-door solicitors who hand out make-shift flyers and ask for large cash deposits or advance payments in full," said Stephen Kappa, state coordinating officer.
April 7, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Assistance is only a phone call away, but what happens after disaster victims call the toll-free teleregistration number, 1-800-621-3362, (TTY: 1-800-462-7585)? Callers are assigned a registration identification number for future reference in identifying their case. In most cases a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspector will telephone in a few days to make an appointment to visit the damaged home or apartment and assess the damage. The following are points to remember during inspections:

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