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 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.
July 23, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Officials are encouraging individuals and businesses in Preston County to call the FEMA toll-free teleregistration number if they were affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides occurring between June 11 and July 15, 2003. Even if residents have already registered with the Red Cross, Salvation Army or other voluntary agencies or have reported damage to local officials, they still need to call the FEMA number to be considered for state/federal assistance.
July 22, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- State and federal officials announced today that Preston County is eligible for Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) under the June 21, 2003 federal disaster declaration, and that Tucker County is eligible for PA. Doddridge and Putnam counties, already designated for Individual Assistance, will also receive PA. Storm damages that occurred between June 11 and midnight July 15, 2003 in the designated counties can be considered under this declaration.
July 22, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- It's important for parents and guardians to know that children can be particularly vulnerable to stress as a result of the recent severe storms, flooding and landslides. Children may suffer from anxiety because of disaster losses and the upheaval of family life.
July 22, 2003
News Release
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is intended to help those who live or work in disaster-declared counties whose jobs were affected by the storms beginning on June 11, 2003 and who would not be eligible for help under the regular unemployment program. This program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the West Virginia Bureau of Employment Programs.
July 21, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- It has been one month since President Bush approved a major disaster declaration for West Virginia following severe storms, flooding and landslides beginning on June 11, 2003 and continuing through July 15, 2003 and more than $8 million already has been approved to help those who need it.

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