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 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. 
May 25, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia residents and business owners in Mingo and Wyoming Counties who suffered property damage or losses from the severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides that began on May 3 may register for disaster assistance.
May 22, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- State and local officials urge anyone who had damage to a home or business following the storms that began on May 3 not to wait to start cleaning up their property. "We want people to clean up as soon as possible to avoid health problems and to be able to get back into their homes," said Jimmy Gianato, director of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "It can be helpful to take pictures of the flood damage first, and to keep receipts for any repairs to give to your insurance company."
May 22, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Wyoming County.  Disaster Recovery Center staff will assist residents, employees and business owners who were affected by the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that caused serious damage beginning on May 3, and resulted in a federal disaster declaration. The DRC is at the following location:
May 20, 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 signing on Thursday, May 21, 2009 of a FEMA/State disaster assistance agreement. The agreement governs the partnership between the State and FEMA to provide disaster assistance authorized under a federal disaster declaration for the State of West Virginia following the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that began on May 3, 2009. The signing ceremony details are:
May 15, 2009
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of West Virginia. The assistance will supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides beginning on May 3, 2009, and continuing.

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How to Apply for Assistance

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

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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