SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The combined dollar amount of disaster relief to West Virginia to date tops $26 million. Recovery dollars came to the State following the federal disaster declaration of May 15, 2009.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced last week that the deadline to apply for disaster assistance was July 14, and the State/FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recovery centers would close on that date. FEMA said funds will continue to be disbursed, however, until eligible applicants who registered before the deadline are served.
The following is the final weekly report of funds approved and recovery services:
- $12.244 million approved for the Individuals and Households program (IHP) including
- $11.521 million for housing assistance,
- $723,245 for other needs like personal property losses, medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs;
- $4.242 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the SBA;
- $9.8 million obligated for public assistance projects to restore infrastructure;
- 4,676 individuals registered for disaster assistance with FEMA;
- 4,333 home inspections completed, with the remaining 79 to be completed this week;
- 3,252 visitors to Disaster Recovery Centers;
- 78 families unable to live in their homes because of the disaster and who asked for temporary housing are currently living in FEMA/State temporary housing units.
"We are continuing our work with the State to accomplish recovery from the storms last May," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory Eaton. "And while our first concern is individuals and business owners who had flood damage, we will also partner with the State in identifying and funding projects that help reduce future flood losses."
Applicants who want to update the address or phone number they have on file, or provide missing information should visit the FEMA web site, www.DisasterAssistance.gov. or call the Helpline, 800-621-FEMA (3362) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Those with speech or hearing impairments may call TTY 800-462-7585.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.