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

May 30, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- As West Virginians begin to receive money for disaster assistance, state and federal officials remind recipients to use the money for disaster-related expenses only. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) aid programs are intended to help people get safe, sanitary and functional housing and to meet other critical needs. "It's our responsibility to help people recover from this destructive storm as quickly as possible, and to make sure the taxpayers' money is spent correctly," said Federal Coordinating Officer Edward H. Smith.
May 29, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- More than $5.7 million in disaster aid has been approved in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants for West Virginia residents suffering damage from the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that began on May 3, 2009. Recovery services summary at close of business, May 28, 2009:
May 29, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians who suffered damages after the storm that began on May 3 and who applied for disaster assistance, sometimes receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they are ineligible for aid. The letter is not the final word. It may only mean more information is needed. Here are some of the most common reasons applicants are sent a letter saying they are ineligible for disaster assistance: 
May 28, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in McDowell County. Disaster Recovery Center staff will assist residents, workers and business owners who were affected by the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that caused serious damage beginning on May 3, resulting in a federal disaster declaration. The DRC location is:
May 28, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Disaster applicants who have received a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application must fill it out - even if they do not want a loan. A completed loan application is the gateway to determining the type of assistance a homeowner or renter may be eligible for.
May 27, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced three additional counties have been declared eligible for disaster aid. McDowell and Raleigh Counties have been added for Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA), and Mercer County for PA. 

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How to Apply for Assistance

» Apply Online
» Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) / 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

» What is Disaster Assistance
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» Hazard Mitigation


Preliminary Damage Assessment

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