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August 11, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginians have suffered a major flood disaster every year for the last three years. When the next disaster is declared will you be able to answer yes if asked whether you have flood insurance?
July 27, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The heavy storms, flooding and mudslides of early May caused a great deal of destruction in West Virginia. Many homes and businesses were damaged, and some individuals were unable to work. But the losses that are most difficult to measure are the ones that destroy a person's peace of mind.
July 22, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Many West Virginia residents are indifferent to the need to purchase flood insurance because their home or rental property has never flooded. If this is your experience and you live in a low- to moderate-risk area, signing up for an inexpensive Preferred Risk Policy under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the thing to do now.
July 20, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The combined dollar amount of disaster relief to West Virginia to date tops $26 million. Recovery dollars came to the State following the federal disaster declaration of May 15, 2009.
July 14, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The early May storms that resulted in a Federal disaster declaration for the State of West Virginia caused damage to public facilities as well as homes and businesses. Following a request by Governor Joe Manchin and damage assessments by the State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the Federal Public Assistance program has to date, obligated more than $8.2 million in grants for debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of road systems and bridges, and parks and recreational facilities.
July 13, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Tomorrow, July 14, is the last day to apply for disaster funds if you had losses because of the early May storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teleregistration number to call for a grant or loan is 800-621-FEMA (3362). Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Those with speech or hearing impairments may call TTY 800-462-7585. You can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
July 9, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Survivors of the disaster caused by the severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides that devastated many in West Virginia in May, can apply for free legal services for disaster-related legal problems. Applicants should have limited income or be unable to obtain legal counsel on their own. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the toll-free Disaster Legal Services registration number to call for assistance. The number is 877-218-5993.
July 7, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- If you suffered losses because of the storms in early May and you have not registered for federal disaster funds, you have just one week left to apply. The deadline to register for assistance is Tuesday, July 14.
July 6, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- More than $11.6 million in disaster relief is approved for West Virginia, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Another $3.1 million in low interest loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
July 2, 2009
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginians who had losses resulting from the early May storms have only two weeks left to apply for disaster assistance or for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 14. Anyone who lives, works or owns a business in Calhoun, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh or Wyoming County is urged to register for help if they had disaster losses. These are the counties designated under the federal disaster declaration of May 15.