Deadlines Nearing For Local Officials Needing Disaster Help

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July 10, 2008
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- Local officials of 15 West Virginia counties, who may be interested in applying for federal-state assistance for damages to community infrastructure in the wake of the severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, mudslides and landslides June 3 - 7, are approaching deadlines to request Public Assistance (PA), Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) officials said today.

As a result of a Presidential disaster declaration, officials in 15 affected local governments in these counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance to fund 75 percent of the approved costs for disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repairing, restoring or replacing damaged public facilities. The state is responsible for 25 percent of the costs.

  • Officials of counties initially receiving PA designations on June 19 have until the close of business July 18 to file a request for assistance. Those counties are: Barbour, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Marion and Taylor.
  • Officials of counties designated for PA on June 27 have until Saturday, July 26 to file a request for assistance. Those counties are: Braxton, Calhoun, Lewis, Ritchie, Tucker, Tyler, Webster and Wirt.

Disaster assistance also may be provided to repair, restore and replace facilities owned by certain private non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care and other essential governmental service facilities available to the public.

Officials with questions should call Sherry Hardway, state public assistance officer, at 304-626-2764.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. 

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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