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

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


January 14, 2005 - News Release

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.

December 16, 2004 - News Release

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 - News Release

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”.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 4,835 $19,308,118.50 $11,920,902.36 $7,387,216.14
Last Updated: Monday, October 12, 2015 - 02:00 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $16,023,728.24 $5,990,835.26 $10,181,058.10
Last Updated: Monday, October 12, 2015 - 06:50 (Updated daily)

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