CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The State and federal Disaster Recovery Center in Griffithsville (Lincoln County) will close permanently at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, officials said. The hours of operation at this center will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.
The center in Logan County, at the Verdunville Volunteer Fire Dept., Rte. 5, 2270 Mud Fork Road, will remain open until further notice. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The center in Logan County is staffed with disaster recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance. Those seeking assistance should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency before visiting a DRC.
The closing of the Griffithsville DRC has no effect on the ability of those seeking federal and state assistance for damages sustained during the recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding to register, which is the first step in asking for help. Deadline for Lincoln, Marion and Wayne county residents to register is May 15; for residents of Logan County, the deadline is May 21.
Applicants can register by phone by calling FEMA’s Help Line at 800-621-3362. They can also use the Help Line to answer questions, provide information or learn the status of their application. People with hearing disabilities can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled mobile device or smart phone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link “Apply for Assistance.”
Information to have ready when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
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.