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 8, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Disaster-related emotional stress is normal, according to officials of Project Recovery, a joint Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded/state administered program designed to assist individuals who have experienced a man made or natural disaster. The Valley Health Care System, located in Morgantown, administers the program for the state. Project Recovery outreach workers were deployed throughout the designated counties after the storms that began on Memorial Day.
July 8, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have started a Building Supply Outreach Partnership with home supply stores to assist people with mitigation information in Mercer, Kanawha and Mingo 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 8, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eleven Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now operating or will soon be open in West Virginia counties most severely affected by storms, flooding and landslides that began on Memorial Day. Disaster Recovery Centers and mobile DRCs—open for two to three days only, provide information for those who need assistance.
July 7, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia State officials have placed 108 families who were victims of the recent floods and landslides in temporary housing. One hundred and three travel trailers and five mobile homes are now occupied. A group mobile home site in Taylorville, in hard-hit Mingo County, is expected to provide 34 temporary housing units. West Virginia and FEMA officials hope to begin housing families in the Taylorville site by the end of July. Additional group temporary housing sites are being planned.
July 7, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Reaching people affected by the Memorial Day storms and flooding and providing them with disaster-related educational information at home building supply stores is the aim of a Federal Emergency Management Agency outreach program.“I went into Lowe’s and saw the FEMA table and I just had to tell them what a good idea I thought it was,” said Nancy Godby of Chapmanville. “That is exactly where people go after flooding to get supplies and start cleaning up. That’s the first place we went.” Godby and her husband, Barry applied for assistance after floods in 2003.
July 6, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal and state officials remind individuals whose employment was affected by the storms that began on Memorial Day through June 28, 2004, that the deadline for filing a disaster unemployment assistance claim is July 9. Persons who live or work in the disaster-designated counties may be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits. This special unemployment program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the West Virginia Bureau of Employment Programs.

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