BEAVER, W. Va. -- Families in Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer and Raleigh counties whose homes were damaged as a result of the March flooding disaster can apply to the Southern West Virginia Long Term Recovery Committee for help with unmet needs.
The committee, which is a coalition of member agencies from the faith community, nonprofit agencies, government programs, businesses and individual donors, has established a telephone line: 304-442-8591. The number is staffed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. At other times, callers can leave a message.
Eligible families may qualify for donated materials, assistance by volunteer work crews, and/or contracted skilled labor. Preference will be given to families who applied for FEMA assistance and have unmet needs.
"We want to help everyone who is eligible for federal disaster assistance, but sometimes people have needs beyond what FEMA and the state can provide," State Coordinating Officer Jimmy Gianato said. "The Long Term Recovery Committee makes the difference."
Active members of the Southern West Virginia Long Term Recovery Committee include West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps, Catholic Charities West Virginia, Lutheran Community Partners, local churches, the North Beckley Church of Christ, American Red Cross, Mountain Heart Community Services, county emergency services, the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and FEMA.
The Long Term Recovery Committee will review and make decisions on expenditures and use of volunteer resources on a case-by-case basis. The committee will provide a case manager to work with each family in assessing damage, formulating a recovery plan and procuring cost estimates. The committee expects families will use all private insurance and federal disaster grants and loans before applying for Long Term Recovery Committee assistance.
"If you haven't applied yet to FEMA, do it now," Federal Coordinating Officer Terry L. Quarles said. “The deadline is May 28."
To register with FEMA for disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Applicants with speech and hearing disabilities can 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.