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 21, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Home and property losses due to the recent storms were traumatic for West Virginians, but an added burden surfaced as many lost their livelihood as well. Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) can help those who qualify.
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.
July 19, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- When a disaster strikes, unscrupulous individuals may try to profit from the anxiety of families who suffered damages or loss and from the flurry of activity in filing claims. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), problems of fraud usually involve contractors and home or business owners, or renters who file false claims. Contractors
July 18, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginians who have applied for disaster assistance are encouraged to complete and return their U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) forms as soon as they receive them. Many who register for assistance will receive an SBA loan application within seven to ten days after registering. Completing the application is a required step in obtaining some types of disaster assistance, and a quick return can also mean faster aid to those in need.
July 18, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginians living in one of the disaster-designated counties are encouraged to visit their local mental health facility if they are continuing to experience stress and anxiety as a result of the recent storms and flooding. Counseling is available 24 hours a day at many locations. Please call your local mental health center (listed below) for more information....
July 18, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Mental health officials are encouraging residents of West Virginia to seek crisis counseling at one of the mental health facilities designated to assist those suffering from the stress and anxiety caused by repeated storm and flood damage.

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