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September 4, 2003
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa - The American Samoa Government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline hours of operation will change, effective Sept. 13, 2003, to Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Samoan speaking operators will be available should applicants want to converse in Samoan.
August 27, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Persons who live or work in Preston and Marion Counties who are unemployed as a direct result of recent severe storms, flooding and landslides should file claims immediately for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) at their local unemployment offices.
August 27, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- More than 60 West Virginians called to apply for disaster assistance on Aug. 20, 2003 - the final day that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free number was available to accept applications. More than $23 million in state and federal assistance has already been approved to help those who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides beginning June 11 and lasting through July 15, 2003. Federal and state disaster officials offer the following 60-day assistance summary:
August 15, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- When parents talk to children about preparing for life's hazards, they may overlook the need to teach about disaster readiness. However, knowing ahead of time how to prepare and respond can empower children for the next time nature's fury strikes.
August 14, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- State, federal and local officials and voluntary agencies continue to help West Virginians who were affected by the severe storms, flooding, and landslides that began on June 11, 2003 and lasted through July 15, 2003. To date, nearly $15 million in disaster assistance has been approved for residents to help meet their disaster-recovery needs. Recovery services summary at close of business Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003:
August 13, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - West Virginia disaster victims who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance have only one more week to apply. Aug. 20, 2003 is the last day to file applications for most disaster assistance programs, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
August 12, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Federal and state officials announced the closing this week of the Kanawha County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The center will close at the end of the business day on Friday, Aug. 15, 2003. The Kanawha County DRC is located at: 4782 Big Chimney Charleston Center Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 8, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- For many, family pets have a respected place in the home and are as important as any household member. Knowing how to plan for and protect your pets before and after a disaster is important. Before a Disaster
August 7, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Home and property losses due to the recent storms caused financial difficulty for many West Virginians who may have lost their jobs or means of earning a living. Persons who live or work in the disaster-declared counties whose jobs were affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides between June 11, 2003 and July 15, 2003 may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). This special unemployment program is funded by the U.S.

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