West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides (DR-1474)

Incident period: June 11, 2003 to July 15, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 21, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 28, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- The West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold two mitigation events and offer mitigation materials to home supply stores within the diaster-affected counties. Mitigation representatives from FEMA will be on hand to explain mitigation techniques that can lessen damage to homes, businesses and property from any future flooding. Brochures will be available on the National Flood Insurance Program and written materials on mitigation techniques such as retrofitting and elevation.
July 28, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- The road to recovery can be rocky for many, but the myriad of volunteer groups that surface during this time eases the pain of those in need. It's not surprising that children may be part of these groups and can unselfishly give their time and energy for the needs of others. Kids don't have lots of money to give to those who need disaster help; but, supported by parents and guardians, they can become part of a recovery team. The following list includes some disaster-recovery activities children can participate in:
July 28, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- If you live in a floodplain, you live in an area of high risk even if you have never experienced a flood. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps floodplains and encourages residents to find out if their property is within one so they can be prepared in the event of a storm. What is a Floodplain?
July 25, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- As West Virginians continue with the recovery process, many are vowing to be better prepared in case of future disasters. Even children can take an active role in disaster education and preparedness. The "FEMA for Kids" Web site is a great resource for young and old minds alike.
July 24, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Like adults, kids are exposed to all kinds of weather information and understanding what's being reported can be vital. Today's kids are becoming disaster-weather savvy and safe by using the many resources available to them. As they watch television at home, kids can become acquainted with disaster weather terms like flooding, flash floods. Educators, parents and guardians can explain the weather terms in a child-friendly way; and, in turn, the children may even teach their friends what dangerous weather is and how to react to it.
July 23, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- The greatest resource of our country is its youth, and they can play an important role in helping families prepare for disasters. As a result of the severe storms, flooding and landslides that occurred between June 11 and July 15, 2003, many West Virginians are taking disaster preparedness seriously and allowing kids to take an active role in helping their families prepare for disaster.

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