CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- More than $2.2 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved to date for West Virginians, according to state and federal disaster officials. The aid is being provided following the Feb. 28 presidential declaration resulting from the storms, landslides and flash flooding that struck the state in mid-February.
- A total of 1,141 residents and business owners from the 25 federally declared counties applied for individual disaster assistance.
- To-date, more than $1.3 million has been approved for disaster housing assistance.
- The Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program has approved more than $489,000 to 158 eligible applicants.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved loans totaling more than $458,000.
- April 3 is the deadline for filing for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. This program is also provided by the Feb. 28 presidential declaration, and is available to those workers who would otherwise be ineligible for unemployment benefits.
- April 28 is the deadline for filing an application for disaster assistance.
DISASTER RECOVERY AT A GLANCE
- 1141 individuals have registered for disaster assistance.
- $1.3 million approved for disaster housing
- $ 489,476 approved for the Individual and Family Grant Program
- $458,400 approved in SBA loans for individuals
- 286 people visited the Disaster Recovery Centers
- Home Inspections issued: 1,003
- Home Inspections completed 907
- Current Inspectors in Field: 8
- Applicants Assistance Team meetings held in Lewis, Lincoln, Putnam, Randolph, Tyler, Upshur and Wirt Counties
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance deadline is April 3
- Disaster Application deadline is April 28
The American Red Cross served 2109 meals, opened 16 shelters during the height of the disaster, sheltered 125 people, issued 762 Clean Up kits and 654 Comfort kits.
A total of 29 Kickoff Meetings were held with local and state governments, special districts and private non-profit organizations to review the process of submitting Project Worksheets. In addition there have been 5 applicant briefings to date. A number of requests for public assistance have been received to date. More than $4 million has been obligated by FEMA for Infrastructure repairs including debris removal, protective measures, roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings, public utilities and other miscellaneous categories.
The toll-free registration line is available to homeowners, renters and business owners in the 25-county declared disaster area who suffered losses in the Feb. 18 storms. Disaster victims are encouraged to register for federal and state disaster assistance by calling 1-800-462-9029 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. Regular hours of operation are from 8 AM to 6 PM seven days a week.
Anyone needing additional information or having questions about the status of his or her applications should call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321. People with speech or hearing impairments should call 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired.