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Local employees wanted for disaster recovery jobs

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 08:52

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia residents looking for temporary work following the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the recovery process. Workforce West Virginia, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is advertising open temporary positions in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Raleigh counties.

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Every disaster survivor has equal access to disaster registration, information, and assistance

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:30

Charleston, W.Va – All survivors who sustained damage or losses from the June flooding can get help from local Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).

If you need an accommodation or assistance due to a disability, please notify Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff at the time of registration or anytime throughout the assistance process.

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Storm survivors OK’d for more than $46.4 million in federal aid

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 13:04

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Disaster assistance grants approved for homeowners and renters affected by June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, has reached more than $46.4 million, less than a month after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for West Virginia.  

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FEMA Offers Repairing, Rebuilding Advice at Home Depot, Lowe’s

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:47

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local hardware and home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Pets displaced by disaster need forever homes

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:52

Charleston, W.Va. -- Some pets that were separated from their human families by the flooding this past June aren’t able to return home. Their owners were displaced by the disaster and can no longer care for them. These precious four-legged friends, now in area animal shelters, are eager to find new forever homes.

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Help Remains When DRCs Close

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:19

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Summers, Lincoln, Fayette and Pocahontas counties and one in Summersville in Nicholas County will close permanently Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. But, as a survivor of the June disaster, you will still be able to get the help you need with just a phone call.

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Text messages for West Virginians from FEMA

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:50

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – When you register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you can choose to receive updates to your smartphone or other device via text. You will start receiving those updates soon after you complete the registration process.

The official FEMA number sending messages to your device is 43362 and all notifications will contain the last four digits of your FEMA registration number at the beginning of the message (for example, FEMA ID####).

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DRCs close on Sundays; Trim hours

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:51

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Effective Sunday, July 17, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in West Virginia will be closed on Sundays and begin operating weekly under new hours.

The new operating hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All DRCs will be closed on Sundays, including this Sunday, July 17.

If you have questions outside the DRC business hours, you can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service), or 800-462-7585 for TTY users.  You can use the Helpline to:

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Third DRC Opens in Nicholas County

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:08

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Nicholas County now has three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) with the July 15 opening of the latest center.

The newest center is located at the Birch River Elementary School, 379 Birch River Rd., Birch River, W.Va. 26610.

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Disaster assistance is available for older adults and people with disabilities

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 17:01

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Older adults and people with disabilities affected by the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

It is important to register with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 to find out about services that may be available.

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Disaster Assistance tops $28 million for West Virginia storm survivors

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 15:45

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Disaster assistance grants approved for homeowners and renters affected by last month’s severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, has reached more than $28 million, less than three weeks after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for West Virginia.  

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FEMA offers advice on repairing, rebuilding at local Lowe’s stores

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:26

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, floods, landslides and mudslides, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local Lowe’s Home Improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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“How can I help?” – some answers for West Virginians who want to make a difference for disaster recovery

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:49

Charleston, W.Va.– In the face of disaster, the people of West Virginia have come together with courage and compassion to ask “How can I help?”

The main needs now are cash donations and volunteers.

Although there has been an outpouring of financial support already to help flood survivors more is needed. Cash donations enable nonprofit organizations to purchase what disaster survivors need most. Buying the items from local businesses helps the economy recover. No gift is too small.

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Understanding the FEMA Eligibility Letter

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:36

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginians who applied for disaster assistance after the severe storms, mudslides, landslides and flooding that occurred June 22-June 29, 2016, should be sure to read letters or other correspondence from FEMA carefully. Sometimes you may need to provide additional documents or information in order to be eligible for assistance or for a determination to be made.

Common examples of missing information are:

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Kanawha, Monroe Counties

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 11:04

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Kanawha and Monroe counties are the locations for the latest Disaster Recovery Centers.  The centers, which opened July 8, provide survivors of the June 22 severe storms, floods, mudslides and landslides with useful information for recovery assistance.

The latest centers are:

Kanawha County                                          Monroe County                                                        

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Lincoln County DRC opens

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 14:03

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The latest Disaster Recovery Center opens in Lincoln County beginning July 8 to provide assistance to survivors of the June 22 severe storms, floods, landslides and mudslides.

The center is located at the Morrisville Fire Department Substation, 2508 Straight Fork Rd., Alkol, WV 25501.  It is the twelfth center to open in West Virginia.

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West Virginia storm survivors should ‘stay in touch’ with FEMA

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 13:59

CHARLESTON, W. Va.– West Virginia homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch” with the agency after they have applied for assistance.

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FEMA Urges You to Spend Disaster Funds Wisely

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 10:16

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than $23.5 million in federal assistance has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help West Virginians recover from the devastating severe storms, floods, landslides and mudslides that struck the state during the incident period of June 22-29, 2016.  While assistance is tax-free and grants don’t have to be repaid, FEMA urges you to use the funds quickly, wisely and only for disaster-related expenses.

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SBA Low-Interest Disaster Loans Critical to West Virginia Recovery

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 19:01

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are urging disaster relief applicants to complete and return the loan application forms from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Completing the loan application is a critical part of the disaster assistance process. It can keep the door open to all federal assistance, including possible additional grants, from FEMA.

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FEMA Offers Free Repair, Rebuild Information Sessions at Local Stores

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 12:20

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, floods, landslides and mudslides, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local hardware and home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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