BEAVER, W. Va. -- More than $3 million has been approved in federal disaster grants and low interest loans to help West Virginians affected by the June 12-29 severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides.
Officials from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have approved grants totaling $3 million for housing assistance and $183,000 for additional needs of residents due to the disaster.
Progress through Thursday, July 16, 2010, includes the following:
- $3 million approved by FEMA to help residents pay for temporary housing and home repairs
- $375,000 in low interest loans approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
- $183,000 approved by FEMA and West Virginia to help meet other disaster-related needs such as personal property replacement and transportation
- 1,800 residents have met with safe cleanup and rebuilding experts from FEMA
- 1,778 households have registered with FEMA for state and federal disaster assistance
- 1,552 homes have been inspected by FEMA to make sure all losses get counted
- 853 residents were helped in Disaster Recovery Centers
Residents in Lewis, Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties who have property damage from the June storms can apply for FEMA grants online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Applicants with hearing or speech impairment 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.