West Virginia: Less than a week left to apply for FEMA disaster assistance

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July 13, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With only one week left before the July 19 application period ends for federal disaster assistance, West Virginia residents who had losses or damage from the Feb. 27-March 4 severe storms and flooding are encouraged to review the many types of grants and loans that are available.

Survivors may apply if they live in Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo or Wayne counties and had damage from last winter’s storms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program may provide financial assistance for disaster-related needs such as childcare, medical or dental care and grants for damaged or uninhabitable housing. Survivors should not expect that FEMA grants will restore your storm-damaged home to pre-disaster condition. Grants help make the dwelling safe, sanitary and functional.

“With less than a week remaining to apply, I absolutely urge all those in the affected counties to apply for disaster aid before the application period ends on the 19th,” said Jeff Jones, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer. “In addition, if you know someone who may have had damage from this flood, take care of you neighbor and let them know help is out there.”

FEMA will consider applications if affected residents have no insurance or insufficient coverage to meet serious disaster-related needs. Assistance may include rent and grants for essential home repairs and personal property losses, including private wells, bridges and furnaces.

Here is how to register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.

In addition, for those wanting to apply for FEMA assistance as well as those who may have questions about existing applications, there are registration events scheduled this week in Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo and Wayne counties:

  1. Assistance Registration Event

Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department – Johnson Station

Tuesday July 13

9 a.m. - noon

383 Call Road, Sissonville

Tornado Volunteer Fire Department

Tuesday July 13

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

7826 Coal River Road,
St Albans

Clendenin City Hall

Tuesday July 13

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

103 First Street, Clendenin

Tri-State Fire Academy

Wednesday July 14

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

4200 Ohio River Road, Huntington

Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department

Thursday July 15

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

County Highway 65/12, Delbarton

Dunlow Community Center

Friday July 16

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1475 Left Fork Dunlow Bypass Road, Dunlow

Residents of the four counties also have the option to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration for a disaster loan.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair and replace real estate that was damaged or destroyed in the storm. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 in loans to repair or replace storm- or flood-damaged personal property. Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or working capital.

The SBA filing deadline to return applications for property damage is also July 19, 2021. The deadline for businesses to return working capital applications is Feb. 22, 2022.

For more information about SBA loans, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email FOCE-Help@sba.gov or visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. TTY users can call 800-877-8339. 

For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4605. Learn more about Disaster Assistance at  www.disasterassistance.gov. For guidance about the Disaster Assistance application process, visit www.fema.gov/assistance/individual/program#apply.


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