Charleston, W. VA. -- Only one day remains for individuals and business owners in the 19 West Virginia counties designated for individual assistance to call and register for state and federal aid to replace losses from the severe flooding that occurred September 16 through September 27.
The deadline to call and apply for disaster assistance is November 19. The 19 eligible counties Berkeley, Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Mingo, Morgan, Ohio, Pleasants, Tyler, Wayne, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood.
Individuals and business owners in the eligible counties who sustained losses but still have not applied for assistance should do so by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free application number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). There is also a special number for those with hearing or speech impairment, TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are operational 6 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week and will continue to be operational as help lines after the deadline.
People who have already applied may call the FEMA Helpline at the same numbers, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585), even after the deadline, to check on the status of their application and get additional information.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.