Charleston, WV -- Hours of operation for the five fixed and three mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) have been changed.
The fixed sites in Northfork, Welch, Mullens, Oceana and Whitesville will now be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Sunday.
Mobile recovery center hours now are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sundays.
The mobile DRCs will be visiting Wharton, Fayetteville and Ameagle, Friday through Monday, Aug. 3-6.
"Disaster Recovery Centers give program specialists from FEMA, WVOES, the U. S. Small Business Administration, the American Red Cross and other state, federal and volunteer organizations the opportunity to meet directly with people who have suffered damages in these flood and mudslide disasters," said Carlos Mitchell, in charge of the federal recovery effort. "We try to put a human face on the folks working to bring the flood victims disaster assistance."
Stephen S. Kappa, director of the WVOES, reminded residents of all of the 24 declared West Virginia counties who have suffered damages in any of the floods or mudslides stretching back to May 15 to call immediately for assistance.
"Those who suffered losses in the series of floods still must call FEMA's toll-free registration number to apply for assistance. That number, 1-800-462-9029, is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week," he said. The number for persons with speech or hearing impairments is 1-800-462-7585.
Individuals who had registered earlier and who suffered further damages in the most recent floods and mudslides should call the FEMA Helpline, also toll-free, at 1-800-525-0321 to amend or update their applications.