West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides (DR-1838)

Incident period: May 3, 2009 to June 8, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 15, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 23, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The recent severe storms in West Virginia have underscored the value of flood insurance. Since homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 to help reduce the financial losses created by flood damage. The average flood insurance premium costs $540 a year. It takes 30 days after you purchase a policy for it to take effect. The waiting period is waived if the consumer is obtaining, increasing, extending or renewing a loan on the property.
June 22, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Disaster preparedness requires more than a "one size fits all" emergency plan. Disaster officials from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommend that individuals with disabilities and other special needs develop a disaster plan to fit their unique requirements. FEMA suggests checking the following steps to prepare for a disaster. Get informed
June 19, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have disbursed more than $10 million through FEMA's Individuals and Households Program. The funds include individual assistance grants for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related needs such as medical and dental costs and personal property losses.
June 18, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- In the days following the early May flooding in West Virginia, it was anything but "business as usual" for many offices, shops and restaurants. That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management urge business owners to develop disaster preparedness plans so they will be disaster ready when the next severe storm comes.
June 16, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Mingo County and one in Wyoming County will permanently close on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. The centers closing are: Matewan Town HallRoute 49Town of Matewan, W.Va, Mingo County Delbarton Volunteer Fire DepartmentSubstation #1Pigeon Creek (across from the Columbia Gas Grant Compressor Station)Pie, W.Va, Mingo County
June 15, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Updates and tweets on the West Virginia disaster are ready to read and respond to at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Twitter site. Region III, the office that staffs disaster response and recovery in the Mid-Atlantic States, invites your comments. Twitter FEMA at http://twitter.com/femaregion3.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • West Virginia, FEMA-1838-DR (PDF 51KB)
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