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

November 29, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- In a short eight days since the disaster declaration of November 21, more than $2.5 million in housing assistance and other needs has been approved for distribution to applicants who suffered damages resulting from the recent storms, flooding and landslides. “Many of those who were affected by the recent disaster have temporary housing and home repair expenses that can now be met.” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch.
November 29, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Community relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are reaching out to people affected by the storms, flooding and landslides that began on November 11. The specialists canvass communities in the declared areas, offering individuals and small businesses information about available disaster relief programs, including grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, minor home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses.
November 28, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- State and federal officials announce the opening of five more Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). They are located in Greenbrier, Kanawha, Marion, Mercer and Summers counties. The centers will assist residents who suffered losses and damages from the storms, flooding and landslides that began on November 11, 2003. Beginning Friday, December 1, the DRCs will be open seven days a week. The hours and locations are listed below.
November 28, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A toll-free application telephone number is now operational for those who suffered property damage or loss in the 22 designated counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and land slides, which began on Nov.11. 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 FEMA’s toll-free number to be considered for state/federal disaster assistance.
November 26, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- State and federal officials announce the opening of three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Cabell, Lincoln and Nicholas counties to assist those who suffered losses and damages from the storms, flooding and landslides that began on November 11, 2003. Beginning on Friday, November 28, the DRCs will be open seven days a week. The DRC hours and locations are listed below.
November 26, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Within three days after the disaster declaration of November 21 FEMA distributed funds to residents suffering losses resulting from the storms, flooding and landslides. As soon as applications were received at the FEMA teleregistration number, inspectors went out to assess damages. Their reports triggered some checks in just three days. ?We are pleased when funds reach the hands of applicants so quickly," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. "The rains had a devastating effect on West Virginia residents."

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