FEMA Continues to Support Response Efforts in West Virginia

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Release date: 
January 13, 2014
Release Number: 
EM-3366-02

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on site in Charleston, W.Va., and through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston on Thursday.

At the request of the State, FEMA is continuing to provide supplies to a regional staging area in Charleston.  As of Monday, FEMA has delivered over three million liters of water from its distribution centers in Cumberland and Frederick, Maryland, to the area for use by the State.

Friday, President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for federal disaster assistance to West Virginia to supplement state and local response efforts.  Direct federal assistance is currently available for Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Today, the state rolled out its plans for bringing water back online by zones for the affected counties.

FEMA is maintaining regular, on-going dialogue with the State to ensure there are no unmet needs in helping those impacted by this incident.  In support of state and local response efforts, a FEMA liaison, an Incident Management Assistance Team and a Mobile Emergency Response team remain on site in Charleston to help coordinate assistance to the state as needed. 

“Today’s announcement by the State of West Virginia, that water has begun to be restored, is welcomed news,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Lapinski.  “Still, FEMA will remain engaged in a support role as long as requested by the State and needed by the citizens of West Virginia.”

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Last Updated: 
January 14, 2014 - 08:25
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