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 7, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Federal and state grants to assist West Virginians with flood recovery efforts have reached $7.6 million, state and federal recovery officials said today. President Bush’s September 20 Hurricane Ivan disaster declaration for West Virginia now includes 21 counties. Federal Coordinating Officer Lou Botta of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said “Grants totaling $7,626,827 have been approved to help 2,544 West Virginia flood-affected households with recovery.”
October 7, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Most of the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers, which have been open seven days a week, will close on Sundays, starting October 10, federal and state disaster officials announced. The new schedule affects the centers in Weirton, Wellsburg, Wheeling, Moundsville and New Martinsville in the Northern Panhandle. Following the Sunday closings, these centers will operate Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mobile center opening in Wayne, Wayne County, on Friday, October 8 will be open on Sunday, October 10, its last day of operation there.
October 6, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. — People who receive U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan applications for Hurricane Ivan damages should return the applications promptly, even if they don’t want a loan. Assistance may be available from FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program if an applicant does not qualify for an SBA loan. In such cases, FEMA can consider direct assistance in the form of disaster grants. SBA loan applications are usually included in the packet people receive by mail after registering for disaster assistance at FEMA’s toll-free number – 1-800-621-3362.
October 6, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sometimes, what’s most helpful in a disaster is simply to listen. That’s what a group of specially-trained outreach workers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of West Virginia will be doing in communities hit by Hurricane Ivan. Their job is to relieve emotional stress, a normal occurrence after people have been battered by disasters.
October 6, 2004
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces several changes to the agency’s website at in an effort to provide up-to-date, importance information for those recovering from all of the recent hurricanes and storm.
October 5, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- There’s no need for questions arising from water or wind damage from Hurricane Ivan to go unasked. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has seven Disaster Recovery Centers open in the disaster-declared counties in West Virginia and two in neighboring Ohio where people can get answers. Or they can call FEMA’s Help Line after registering for assistance toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585.

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