Charleston, WV -- More than $10 million has been approved for release to individuals and the state as well as counties and municipalities to help West Virginians recover from the mid-February storms, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) officials.
Disaster recovery funds include the following: Housing Assistance (HA),$3,564,192; Other Needs Assistance (ONA), $507,606; and Public Assistance (PA), including snow removal reimbursement, $6,109,857.
FEMA programs include HA grants, which are 100 percent federally funded; ONA grants, which are cost shared 75 percent federal, 25 percent state; and PA, which is assistance to applicants from local governments and certain private non-profit entities for debris removal, infrastructure repair or snow removal costs and is cost shared 75 percent federal, 25 percent state. FEMA awards the HA and ONA grants to eligible individuals who suffered damage from the winter storm.
Individual recipients have the option of having FEMA send the assistance directly to a person's bank account electronically because it is so much faster than using routine mail. This also makes disaster funds available to those in need far more quickly.
"This is an important step in the recovery process," FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said, "because it serves the purpose of helping meet pressing needs, just as the speedy response reflects our commitment to provide disaster assistance without delay."