CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding those affected by the recent floods in Lincoln, Logan and Mingo counties they have until May 21 to register for possible assistance.
Help might be available for homeowners, renters and businesses of any size. The loss or damages must be a direct result of the flash floods of March 15 through March 31.
People seeking assistance need only phone FEMA’s toll-free Help Line at 800-621-3362 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. If you are unsure if you qualify, the first step is to register, FEMA officials said.
Registrations can also be made online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. From a Web-enabled 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 current contact information (mailing address, phone number and e-mail address or those of a friend or relative who is in touch with 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, officials said.
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.