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Monroe, Nicholas DRCs close; Help still available

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 13:24

Charleston, W.Va. -- Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will close permanently at 6 p.m., Saturday, August 6, 2016, one in Monroe County at the Alderson Senior Center, and the other in Nicholas County at the Birch River Elementary school.

But as a survivor of the June storms and floods, you can still get the help you need with just a phone call.

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Help remains as Webster Springs DRC closes

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 05:56

Charleston, W.Va. -- The Webster County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Webster Springs Town Council meeting room will close at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016.

But as a survivor of the June storms and floods, you will still be able to get the help you need with just a phone call.

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Have your housing needs changed? Tell FEMA now.

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:11

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If you already registered with FEMA and your housing situation has changed, please get in touch with FEMA and update your application. Call 800-621-3362.

You may have told FEMA you were moving in with family or friends. But that situation may have changed.

You may have told FEMA you planned to stay in your flood damaged home while repairs are being made. Now that may be proving too difficult. Perhaps repairs haven’t gone as quickly as you hoped.

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Federal assistance hits $72 million for West Virginia flood survivors

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 06:53

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Seventy-two million dollars in federal disaster assistance have been approved to date for survivors of the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides. The aid comes to West Virginia as a result of the major disaster declaration signed by President Obama on June 25.

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FEMA offers advice at local stores on repairing, rebuilding

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:36

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and five 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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Free disaster legal services available

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:30

Charleston, W.Va. — If you were affected during the June storms and have questions about legal issues such as repair contracts, working with contractors, replacing wills and other legal documents, you might be eligible to get free legal counseling from a group of West Virginia lawyers who have volunteered limited legal help.

Disaster legal Services provides legal assistance to low-income individuals who, prior to or because of the disaster, have little recourse to legal services as a consequence of a major disaster.

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SBA disaster assistance loans key to continuing the recovery process

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:55

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If you are a disaster survivor in West Virginia applying for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are referred to the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it’s important to submit a low-interest disaster loan application. This will ensure that the federal disaster recovery process continues and you keep your options open. 

Next to insurance, an SBA low-interest disaster loan is the primary source of funds for real estate property repairs and for replacing contents destroyed in the June 22-29 storms.

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FEMA Offers Advice at ACE Hardware on Repairing, Rebuilding

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:33

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the ACE Hardware store in Rainelle have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Roane County DRC Closing

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 08:32

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Roane County is scheduled to close permanently July 28 at 6 p.m.  The center has been operating out of the Geary Elementary School in Left Hand, W. Va.

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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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