Charleston, W. VA. -- West Virginians know, as well as anyone, what it is like to clean up flood damage after suffering a total of seven federally declared flood disasters in 2003 and 2004. In the wake of the recent disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) have made an effort to teach citizens how to minimize the risk of future flood damage. Emergency officials promoted the mitigation or flood damage risk reduction message in the following ways.
News: West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides
January 14, 2005
December 16, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. VA.-- There have been three, nearly back-to-back floods in West Virginia this year and Project Recovery has been an integral part of each recovery effort, providing free counseling to those who are suffering from disaster related stress. Project Recovery workers are local people with an intimate understanding of their communities and people. Project Recovery’s outreach effort provides screening, education and counseling at the request of individuals. It is not necessary to be registered with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to obtain counseling.
December 6, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. VA. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Wheeling, WV (56 16th Street) will close on Friday, December 10, 2004 at 5 P.M. Until that time, the center’s normal hours of operation will continue. The hours are from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday to Friday. Lou Botta, federal coordinating officer for The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently commented, “FEMA opened the Wheeling DRC on September the 25th in the old social security building. Face to face meetings with staff helped local flood applicants move more quickly through the process”.
November 30, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. VA.-- Whenever a flooding disaster occurs, a behind-the-scenes effort to preserve each community’s historical heritage is set in motion. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state historical preservationists help equip communities to make informed decisions on historic properties slated for repair or demolition.
November 24, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Over 30 voluntary agencies in five northern counties (Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Marshall and Wetzel) that provide assistance to people in their respective communities, recently joined forces as the “Northern Panhandle Long Term Recovery Committee” (NPLTRC).
November 18, 2004
Charleston, W. VA. -- Only one day remains for individuals and business owners in the 19 West Virginia counties designated for individual assistance to call and register for state and federal aid to replace losses from the severe flooding that occurred September 16 through September 27. The deadline to call and apply for disaster assistance is November 19. The 19 eligible counties Berkeley, Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Mingo, Morgan, Ohio, Pleasants, Tyler, Wayne, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood.
November 16, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Federal and state funds to assist West Virginians with Hurricane Ivan flood recovery efforts has reached more than $49 million, state and federal recovery officials said today. President Bush’s September 20 Hurricane Ivan disaster declaration for West Virginia now includes 22 counties for Public Assistance, 19 of which are eligible for Individual Assistance programs, too.
November 12, 2004
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Only one week remains for those who have not yet registered for federal and state disaster assistance to obtain help with recovery from the September flooding caused by Hurricane Ivan. “We will continue to process existing assistance applications, but the deadline to call and register is Friday, November 19,” said Lou Botta, federal coordinating officer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
November 9, 2004
State and federal recovery officials today reminded West Virginians in the panhandle that the Wellsburg Disaster Recovery Center closes at 5 p.m., November 11, but that the Wheeling Disaster Recovery Center is open until further notice. “The need for these facilities has diminished and we are consolidating our operations at the Wheeling center,” Federal Coordinating Officer Lou Botta of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. The Wheeling center is located at 56 16th Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.”
November 8, 2004
Charleston, W. Va. -- All too often, when floods or other natural disasters hit homes and businesses, important records or precious memories are lost forever. However, with some advance planning those losses can be avoided - especially in the computer age.