CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginians who suffered damage as a result of last month's storms, landslides and flash flooding should save all receipts for essential repairs from the disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state officials.
"Records are important for tax purposes, to document claims of damage and loss and to show how federal money was spent in case of Inspector General audits," explained Justo Hernandez, the Federal Emergency Coordinating Officer (FCO) in charge of the West Virginia recovery effort.
To remind affected residents and to assist in the record-keeping process, state and federal representatives staffing the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will provide applicants who register for disaster assistance with various information and brochures. Among the informational material will be a special envelope to store various receipts for rebuilding and damage expenses incurred by residents.
John Pack, Director of the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES), and State Coordinating Officer (SCO), also suggested that state and local governmental agencies involved in purchasing equipment for infrastructure, highway and bridge repair keep similar receipts for possible audits in the future.
Twenty-six counties throughout West Virginia are declared disaster areas following the Feb.18 storms, landslides and flash flooding.