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October 4, 2004
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal and state disaster officials note that tomorrow, October 5, is the last day for individuals who suffered losses due to severe storms and flooding in late July to register for assistance. Tuesday, October 5 is the last day to register for disaster aid for the July storms.
September 27, 2004
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal and state disaster officials urge individuals who suffered storm related losses due to severe storms and flooding in late July to register for assistance before the deadline date. Tuesday, October 5 is the last day to register for disaster aid for the July storms.
September 20, 2004
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Individuals and business owners who sustained damage from the storms, floods and landslides that began in late July, and who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance, have only two weeks left to apply. Tuesday, October 5 is the last day to file an application. October 5 is also the last day to return U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan applications.
September 16, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Flood victims in disaster-declared counties do not need to be concerned that disasters in other states will mean a reduction in funds available for West Virginia. Their applications for assistance will be determined based on their individual needs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and voluntary organizations are providing a wide range of programs and services for victims of the Memorial Day and late July storms.
September 15, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- More than $1 million in disaster housing funds have been issued to West Virginians in the wake of the late July storms. State and federal officials stress that it is important for housing funds to be used only for disaster-related damages or losses. If victims have not already made the purchase of housing materials, they should remember to save the receipts for purchases made to restore the home to its pre-disaster condition. Also, if state and federal inspectors haven’t checked the damages, receipts will help them make an accurate determination of losses.
September 14, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that low-interest loans to replenish working capital are available to West Virginia small businesses impacted by the July storms and subsequent federal disaster declaration.
September 13, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- In a potentially dangerous severe-weather situation would you (and your family) prefer to be among the first or among the last to know? Hint: first is a whole lot better and it doesn't cost much. The price of a no-frills NOAA Weather Radio is about $25. A weather radio provides instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use: information that can save your life.
September 10, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- In the midst of one of the most active hurricane seasons in years, West Virginians should be aware that hurricanes have many effects, including storm surges, tornadoes, and often the most deadly of all - inland flooding. While tornadoes are always a potential threat, more people have died from inland flooding in the last 30 years. Intense rainfall is not directly related to the wind speed of tropical cyclones. In fact, some of the greatest rainfall amounts occur from weaker storms that drift slowly or stall over an area.
September 9, 2004
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –-- More than $1 million in assistance has been provided since a presidential declaration was approved for Fayette, Lincoln, Logan and Mingo Counties on Aug. 7. The declaration was a result of severe storms that struck the counties in late July.Disaster assistance is provided in several forms: Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans.
September 2, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia residents who suffered losses in the severe storms that began in late July 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.