West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides (DR-1522)

Incident period: May 27, 2004 to June 28, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 7, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 27, 2004
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Outreach Team will visit five counties hard-hit by the Memorial Day weekend storms that caused severe floods and landslides. The team, including representatives from the NFIP, the West Virginia Insurance Commission, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation and Individual Assistance programs, will meet in interactive sessions with insurance agents, policyholders and the general public who have questions related to flood insurance, mitigation and other disaster-related programs.
July 23, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are continuing a Building Supply Outreach Partnership with home supply stores to assist people with mitigation information in Mercer, Kanawha and Logan counties.Specialists from FEMA will be on hand to explain mitigation techniques that can lessen damage to homes, businesses and property from future flooding. Brochures will be available on the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques such as retrofitting and elevation.
July 23, 2004
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 Memorial Day could qualify for increased financial assistance to cover the cost of rebuilding or relocating their home or business.
July 21, 2004
News Release
Charleston, W. Va. -- Individuals and business owners who sustained damage from the storms, floods and landslides that began on Memorial Day, and who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance, have only two weeks left to apply. August 6, 2004, is the last day to file an application. Applicants may qualify for help under several federal and state programs. These include temporary disaster housing assistance; SBA low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes, and assistance for disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
July 20, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Residents in NFIP participating communities can see the cost of their flood insurance decrease by earning points through community floodplain management. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has designed a system that encourages communities to carry out a list of specific activities that ultimately saves lives, reduces property damage and reduces the cost of premiums. It is the Community Rating System (CRS).
July 20, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The figures are remarkable. In the last quarter-century, West Virginians with National Flood Insurance have received more than $196 million in loss payments. In the last fiscal year alone, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid 551 claims totaling $6.4 million to state policyholders.

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