CHARLESTON, Pa. -- 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.
- total of 1,146 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 $565,931 to 177 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.
The American Red Cross served 2,109 meals, opened 16 shelters during the height of the disaster, sheltered 125 people, issued 762 Clean Up kits and 654 Comfort kits.
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.
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.