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 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:
April 4, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services officials continue response and recovery efforts for those affected by the severe winter storms Feb. 16.
April 4, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Six more West Virginia counties have been declared eligible for federal and state disaster individual assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency?s (FEMA) Louis Botta, federal coordinating officer. That raises the total to 24. Aid could be in the form of low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or by awards through FEMA.
April 3, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - State and federal officials announced plans to close two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) set up to answer questions and provide information to residents recovering from the Feb. 16 winter storm. Close-of-business, 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, will be the final operating day for the DRCs located in Hamlin and Big Chimney. The Hamlin DRC is located in the Town Hall, 220 South Main St. in Hamlin, and the Big Chimney DRC is located at 4782 Chimney Dr. in Big Chimney.
April 2, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Eleven more West Virginia counties have been declared eligible for federal and state disaster individual assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Louis Botta, federal coordinating officer. That raises the total to 18. Aid could be in the form of low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or by awards through FEMA.
April 1, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - In a potentially dangerous severe-weather situation would you (and your family) prefer to be among the first or among the last to know? Hint: first is a whole lot better and it doesn?t cost much. The price of a no-frills NOAA Weather Radio is about $20. A weather radio provides instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use: information that can save your life.

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