West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides (DR-1500)

Incident period: November 11, 2003 to November 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 21, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 6, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the days and weeks following a disaster, residents may be misled by half-truths and rumors concerning recovery help. Disaster officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services advise the best way to avoid misinformation is to verify facts with a responsible source. Some common misconceptions concerning disaster assistance are:
December 5, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials today warned that disaster victims should be very careful when selecting contractors to repair damages caused by the recent severe storms and flooding. "Fraudulent contractors often come to disaster areas to take advantage of people's misfortunes," Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch said. He urged residents to be especially careful of door-to-door solicitors who ask for large deposits or for entire payments in advance.
December 5, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) individuals and business owners who purchased flood insurance that was in effect before the storms and flooding that began on November 11, 2003 could qualify for increased financial assistance to cover the cost of rebuilding or relocating their home or business.
December 5, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the aftermath of the severe storms, flooding and landslides from November 11, through November 30, 2003, those affected may find they need help with disaster-related legal issues. Free legal advice and referrals are available. The Young Lawyers Section of the West Virginia State Bar, is made up of attorneys who volunteer their time and knowledge, offer advice on issues involving landlord/tenant problems, disaster-related contract matters, insurance, replacement of legal documents, counseling on mortgage foreclosure and a number of other concerns.
December 4, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia residents who suffered losses in any of the counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides between November 11 and November 30, 2003 may be eligible for tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) . The IRS has ruled that such losses, defined as damage, destruction, or loss of property from a catastrophic event, may be deducted on the federal income tax return for the year in which the casualty occurred or by amending the return for the previous year.
December 4, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A strong partnership between the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) and voluntary agencies is the key to meeting the emergency needs of disaster victims, according to state and federal recovery officials. "No one agency can do it all," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. "But, together we can make a difference for people hurt by a disaster."

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