CHARLESTON, W. Va. – President Obama has designated four counties in West Virginia – Lincoln, Marion, Wayne and Logan -- as eligible to apply for Individual and Households Assistance to help recover from the damage caused by the recent tornadoes, high winds and flooding. This means that thousands of families and businesses now can apply for federal support.
Lincoln, Marion and Wayne county residents may qualify for assistance for damages that were sustained from February 29 through March 5, and Logan County residents for damages resulting from the flooding that occurred from March 15 onward.
Homeowners, renters and businesses of any size that have sustained damages are being urged to register immediately with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin the process.
“You absolutely must register with FEMA as the first step in getting help,” FEMA’s Charleston-based Federal Coordinating Officer Deanne Criswell said. “Even if you have been in touch with, or signed up with, state or county or local folks, that doesn’t get you registered with FEMA.”
People seeking help need only phone FEMA’s toll-free Help Line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) to speak to a representative and supply some basic information. Operators are standing by from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week, Criswell said. “The process is fast and simple. Even if you are unsure if you qualify, call FEMA and let us determine your eligibility. ”
Registration is also available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. From a cell phone or other PDA, the address is m.fema.gov. Those with hearing or speech disabilities can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
Applicants should be ready to supply FEMA with his or her current contact information (mailing address, phone number, e-mail address or that of a friend or relative who can find the applicant), a Social Security number of any household member, the address of the damaged property, a brief description of the problems and, if appropriate, any information about insurance coverage one might or might not have. The FEMA representative may ask for some other data, like the number of people residing in the property and the family’s gross annual income. All this information is critical to the process and will be kept in strict confidence by FEMA, Criswell said.
After registering with FEMA, applicants will be given a case number so they can follow the progress of their applications and to use when speaking to other FEMA personnel. To check on the status of one’s application, he or she can call the FEMA Help Line or visit a Disaster Recovery Center. This information will be available after 24 hours of initially registering with FEMA.
Disaster Recovery Centers are now operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week at these locations:
Duval Fire Company
5237 Straightfork Road
Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department
Rte. 5, 2270 Mud Fork Road
City Public Safety Office
500 Quincy Street
Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Church
1475 Left Fork Dunlow Bypass Road
Wayne County Health Department
217 Kenova Ave.
FEMA will send the applicant a copy of his or her application and some printed material to help explain the full process. These publications are available in...