West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides (DR-1558)

Incident period: September 16, 2004 to September 27, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 20, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 28, 2004
News Release
This is the third ASK FEMA column from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for anyone who has questions and needs answers about federal disaster assistance programs. These questions are selected from a list of frequently asked questions that FEMA receives at our Helpline, Disaster Recovery Centers and website (www.fema.gov). For a complete listing of frequently asked questions, please visit www.fema.gov. Throughout the next few months we will try to cover all the topics of disaster recovery.
October 27, 2004
News Release
Charleston, W. VA. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives will be available at Lowes in St. Clairsville, Ohio and the Robert Scott LumberYard in Wellsburg, West Virginia, providing general assistance on cleanup and flood damage prevention (mitigation) methods. Representatives will be at these home improvement centers November 1-14, explaining techniques that lessen or prevent damage to homes, businesses and property from future flooding.
October 27, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Operators of commercial mobile home parks in Hancock, Brooke, Marshall and Wetzel counties in the Northern Panhandle are urged to notify the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the availability of vacant pads for mobile homes. FEMA is building an inventory of mobile home pads as part of the federal-state push to insure safe, secure housing for individuals and families affected by September's Hurricane Ivan flooding.
October 26, 2004
News Release
Charleston, W. Va. -- Three meetings are scheduled for local citizens to talk with state and federal officials about ways to prevent flood damage. The countywide meetings will be held in Wood, Ohio and Brooke counties. Controlling flood damage is known as “hazard mitigation.” Meeting participants will learn about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State of West Virginia Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP), which is administered by the state and reviewed by FEMA.
October 26, 2004
News Release
Charleston, W. Va. -- "Buddy", a friendly, stress-relieving Golden Retriever, along with his trainer, Frank Shane, is traveling to West Virginia's Northern Panhandle flood disaster area after their return from Punta Gorda, Florida. In Florida they provided encouragement and solace to people affected by Hurricane Charlie. Buddy's visit to the Panhandle represents the first time the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has officially included a disaster relief canine as part of its disaster work force.
October 25, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Officials of nonprofit corporations affected by Hurricane Ivan floods may not be aware they could be eligible for federal disaster assistance if their agencies provided essential services or suffered physical storm damage during the period September 16-27. For nonprofit agencies serving the general public, aid is available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) and the state of West Virginia’s Public Assistance Program.

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