CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- State and federal officials have announced that residents of three more counties in the state are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help affected individuals, families and businesses recover from losses sustained in the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now available in Harrison, Preston and Taylor counties.Disaster survivors in these counties who suffered losses may apply for temporary housing assistance and housing repair, among several other benefits.
"The way to get started is to immediately register with FEMA," said Charleston-based Federal Coordinating Officer Deanne Criswell. "You must register to find out if you are eligible for assistance. Having alerted or spoken to local authorities doesn’t get you registered with FEMA."
Homeowners, renters and businesses should apply for disaster assistance as soon as possible by calling the FEMA Hotline at 1-800-621- 3362 or TTY at 1-800-462-7585. Multilingual assistance is available. This toll-free line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link "Apply for Federal Assistance."
Other West Virginia counties that have been similarly designated are Lincoln, Logan, Marion and Wayne.
The deadline for registering with FEMA for affected residents in the added counties is May 15.
Also available are U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for individuals, renters and businesses to repair or replace damaged property.
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.