On Aug. 2, 2019, Federal disaster assistance was made available to the state of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from June 29-30, 2019.
Public Assistance was made available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in Grant, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties. Under the Public Assistance Program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grants for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities and facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations. FEMA pays 75 percent of the cost; the state’s share is 25 percent.
Since the disaster was declared, the State and FEMA have been working closely with the approved applicants to administer the programs and support ongoing recovery efforts. FEMA and the applicants are conducting additional meetings, including Exploratory Calls and Recovery Scoping Meetings, to discuss disaster damage and project formulation. Applicants must identify and report damages to FEMA within 60-days from their Recovery Scoping Meeting. FEMA and the applicant will then prepare project worksheets for eligible work and eligible facilities based on actual or estimated project costs.
Since the declaration FEMA and the State have:
- Deployed 27 FEMA staff to West Virginia.
- Held four Applicants’ Briefings to review the public assistance reimbursement process.
- Completed all required Exploratory Calls and Recovery Scoping Meetings with each of the 13 applicants.
- Completed five site inspections (of a projected 20).
- Formulated 42 Projects (of a projected 50) - including 6 for the Town of Harman (an Applicant) to provide reimbursement for response activities and ongoing repairs to their sewer lines and water treatment plant.
- As damages are reported, the number of projected projects and site inspections may increase.
- Supported meetings with Mitigation Subject Matter Experts to determine opportunities to build back safer and stronger.
- Provided technical assistance to the State in support of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
- Coordinated with Other Federal Agencies and State agencies to identify available resources for areas/activities beyond the FEMA PA program, including connecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the Town of Harman to provide technical assistance for streambank work.
Next, FEMA and the State will continue to work with the eligible applicants to determine all damages and collect supporting documentation in the development of their projects.
Figure 1 (below) highlights the key steps in the public assistance process. The green check marks reflect steps completed as of October 10, 2019.
Figure 1: Public Assistance Program flowchart
For additional information and updates on disaster DR-4455-WV visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4455
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