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2012-04-04 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The five state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers open in West Virginia to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from the recent storms will be closed Sundays beginning April 8. The regular hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at: Lincoln County Duval Fire Company 5237 Straightfork Road Griffithsville, WV

2012-04-04 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- When tornadoes, severe storms and flooding struck in parts of West Virginia in late February and early March, residents in disaster-declared counties became eligible for federal assistance. Yet some people who suffered losses and damage in the wake of the disasters have failed to seek help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

2012-04-03 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- For people who suffered damages as a result of the recent tornadoes, severe weather and flooding, the first step in seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to register, according to FEMA officials. This applies only to survivors living in the federally designated counties – Marion, Logan, Lincoln and Wayne.

2012-04-02 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia residents whose properties were damaged in the recent storms are warned to be alert for and report any potential fraud during recovery and rebuilding efforts, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said today. The aftermath of a disaster can attract opportunists and con artists. Homeowners, renters and businesses can follow some simple steps to avoid being scammed. Be suspicious if a contractor:

2012-03-31 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- As disaster-affected West Virginians work to recover from this spring’s tornados, severe storms and flooding, they are finding support from many agencies, churches and members of the public. Although the flow of food and the providing of shelter and emergency relief have slowed, the long process of recovery is just beginning. Storm survivors are helped by various government programs, but volunteer and faith-based groups play crucial roles. They work on case management, provide labor for rebuilding homes and assist with other unmet disaster-related needs.?

2012-03-30 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and completing a Small Business Administration disaster-loan application are often both necessary for many West Virginians needing help in recovering from the recent tornadoes and flooding. “The first step toward disaster recovery is registering with FEMA,” said State Coordinating Officer Jimmy Gianato. “The next step is completing and returning the SBA disaster-loan application if one is mailed to you. Both businesses and disaster survivors are eligible for SBA loans.”

2012-03-29 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, WV -- Mitigation experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in Logan County to provide guidance and information on flood cleanup, flood insurance, flood repair and rebuilding to Logan County residents recovering from the recent storms. FEMA representatives will be in Logan County from April 2 through 17, 2012 at: Lowe’s91 Norman Morgan BlvdLogan, WV 25601Hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday;  unavailable on Sundays The mitigation experts will provide information on:

2012-03-28 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The five state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers open in West Virginia to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from the recent storms will operate on new schedules beginning Saturday, March 31, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Thursday. The new hours are: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at: Lincoln County Duval Fire Company 5237 Straightfork Road Griffithsville, WV

2012-03-27 04:00 - News Release

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- West Virginia residents in Lincoln, Logan, Marion and Wayne counties who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will receive a letter after they apply for disaster assistance. The letter explains the current status of an individual's disaster assistance application.

2012-03-26 04:00 - News Release

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.