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 13, 2004
News Release
Charleston, W. Va. -- Federal and state agencies helping West Virginians recover from the 22-county Hurricane Ivan disaster have assembled a staff of 248 field recovery workers, 48 of whom have been hired from local communities and are known as “local hires”. Hiring a portion – in this case, 19 percent – of the recovery team locally provides community-based skill and insight and gives an added boost to the area’s economy as well.
October 13, 2004
News Release
Charleston, W. Va. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is using technology to make it easier to apply for disaster assistance. In addition to registering by phone, residents of federal disaster areas may now apply online for assistance, as well as find valuable recovery information, at www.fema.gov. To register, click on “Register for Disaster Assistance Online” near the top right of the page.
October 13, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Federal and state funds to assist West Virginians with flood recovery efforts have reached $10.5 million, state and federal recovery officials said today. President Bush’s September 20 Hurricane Ivan disaster declaration for West Virginia now includes 22 counties. Federal Coordinating Officer Lou Botta of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said, “Grants totaling $10,558,178 have been approved to help more than 3,200 West Virginia flood-affected households with recovery.”
October 12, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- State and federal officials announced that a mobile Disaster Recovery Center to assist people recovering from Hurricane Ivan will visit Berkeley County in the Eastern Panhandle for three days starting Friday. The area was struck by high winds and tornadoes in the storms that led President Bush to declare a major disaster on September 20.
October 12, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. VA. -- Toxic molds will continue to be a problem during October cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ivan, federal and state disaster officials advise.
October 11, 2004
News Release
Charleston, W. VA. -- West Virginians who suffered flood damage from Hurricane Ivan and have flood insurance should file insurance claims no matter what they hear about what the insurance may, or may not, cover. Those who suffered flood damage who have flood insurance should also register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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