Charleston, WV -- Within four days of the Presidential declaration for disaster aid to West Virginia, checks for disaster housing assistance have gone out to some of the victims of the severe storms, flooding and landslides that started May 15, say officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
According to FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer, C. Michel Butler, the first checks are already out. "We've issued 77 checks to families and individuals for disaster assistance payments, totaling $101,877.39. They're in the mail, and may have already been received."
"We are proud that we are able to send the first checks out to disaster victims within such a short period of time after the declaration," Butler said. "While these initial funds will assist disaster-stricken residents to obtain repairs or alternative housing, other checks will continue to flow to those eligible for disaster assistance under this and other federal and state programs."
"Those victims who have already paid for expenses, such as home repairs and temporary accommodations, may be eligible for reimbursement with paid receipts," said Stephen S. Kappa, state coordinating officer and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services director. Examples of eligible expenses include repairs to furnaces, electric panels and heating systems, or residing in hotels or motels until homes are livable.
Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained losses or damage in one of the counties declared a federal disaster area can apply by calling 800-462-9029. The number for the speech and hearing impaired is (TTY) 800-462-7585. Registration is open Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone who has experienced damage to their homes and property, in undesignated counties, are encouraged to register, even if they are unsure of eligibility or extent of damages.