WEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

WEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to wv@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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Media Advisory: Register for FEMA Assistance One of Three Ways
Release date:
September 5, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV MA-002

WHAT: West Virginia disaster survivors in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties are urged to register for federal disaster assistance with FEMA one of three ways.

HOW: Individuals and business owners in the designated counties who had damage from the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017 can register by:

Going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or downloading the FEMA mobile app.
Calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.

For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Visiting one of the three Disaster Recovery Centers at:

Marion Marshall and Wetzel counties (see next page for locations and hours).

NOTE: If there is a long wait to get through to FEMA’s toll free number, go online or visit a Disaster Recovery Center. See next page for locations and hours.

Locations and new hours as follows:

Marion County (also serving Harrison County)

Oakhurst Church of Christ

3500 Husky Hwy.

Farmington, WV 26571

Days and Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Marshall County

Bishop Donahue High School

325 Logan St.

McMechen, WV 26040

Days and Hours

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Wetzel County

Hundred High School Library

Hundred High School

3490 Hornet Highway

Hundred, WV 26575

Days and Hours

Monday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Last Updated:
September 7, 2017 – 14:50
State/Tribal Government or Region:
West Virginia
Region III
Related Disaster(s):
4331
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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in four disaster-declared counties
Release date:
September 1, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-011

Charleston, W.Va. – Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to those who reside or work in Harrison, Marshall, Wetzel and Marion counties. Those counties were included in the major disaster declaration of Aug. 18 for the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017.

Claims must be filed in person at a local WorkForce West Virginia office, including Clarksburg, Wheeling and Fairmont offices, which serve affected counties. The deadline to file a claim is Thursday, Set. 21, 2017.

DUA is available to those who:

Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment during the disaster;
Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.

Applications filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied unless the individual provides good cause. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. In some cases, additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 7, 2017 – 14:32
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Discarding Your SBA Loan Packet Could be Like Throwing Away Money
Release date:
September 1, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-012

Charleston, W.Va. — Disaster recovery officials have a key message for homeowners, renters and business owners in the four West Virginia counties approved for Individual Assistance as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29: Complete your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application.

Discarding it could be like throwing away money.

After survivors register with the FEMA, they may receive an application for a low-interest disaster loan from the SBA. The number one mistake people make is assuming these loans are only for businesses or simply choosing to ignore the application because they do not want to take out a loan.

Applicants should know:

Filling out the SBA loan application is a necessary step for homeowners and renters to be considered for various forms of disaster assistance.
If the SBA is unable to approve a loan, the applicant may be referred back to FEMA for some other types of disaster aid, such as assistance to repair or replace destroyed personal items, like furniture and vehicles.
Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair/replace primary residences if not fully compensated by insurance or some other source.
Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair/replace personal property.
Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury.
Some small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations may also utilize Economic Injury Loans to meet financial obligations after the severe storms and flooding; but in order to do so, they must be located within the declared disaster area or next door to those areas.
The term of a low-interest disaster loan can be up to 30 years.

Storm survivors who have questions about the application should call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or are hard of hearing can call TTY 1-800-877-8339. Survivors can also apply online using an electronic loan application. That website is https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

SBA specialists are also working at the three Disaster Recovery Centers operating in Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties. They can answer questions regarding the disaster loan process, help residents fill out loan applications and accept the completed forms. To find a DRC location, click on http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 7, 2017 – 14:40
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Media Advisory: Rumor about damaged homes in northern West Virginia counties
Release date:
August 31, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV MA-001

FEMA plays no role in the demolition of damaged homes nor marks homes for demolition, contrary to rumors of such activity in Wetzel County. FEMA advises applicants not to demolish homes prior to an inspector’s visit.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 7, 2017 – 14:23
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Fact Sheet: FEMA Determination Letter Not Always Final Word
Release date:
August 30, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV FS-003

If you’re a survivor of the West Virginia severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017 and get a letter that says your application for federal assistance is “ineligible” or “incomplete,” be sure to read the letter all the way through to the end to find out why.

All applicants have the right to appeal and many times a quick fix will change the determination.

Reasons for receiving an ineligible determination:

Most common reason for ineligibility: you didn’t provide FEMA with a copy of a letter verifying your insurance coverage and detailing your settlement. FEMA needs this to process your grant application.
Your insurance company will be able to provide you the documents.
Other reasons for ineligibility may include:
You did not sign the required documents.
You did not prove occupancy or ownership.
Your identity may not have been verified.
The damage is not to your primary residence, but to a secondary home or a rental property.
Another member of your household may have applied and received assistance.
Your disaster-related losses could not be verified.

What you should do next:

You may take copies of the documents to your closest Disaster Recovery Center where a FEMA specialist can help you.
Find DRC locations by going online at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by downloading and using the FEMA app. You may also call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
Or mail copies of the needed documents within 60 days of receiving your letter to the address below.

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

You can also fax the documents to:
800-827-8112
Attention: FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
It’s important to write the registration number FEMA gave you after applying for help on all documents; include the federal disaster declaration number, DR-4331-WV.

If you have more questions:

Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
Visit a DRC to speak with a FEMA specialist who can help you appeal.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 7, 2017 – 14:17
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Beware of Those Trying to Take Advantage of WVa Disaster Survivors
Release date:
August 29, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-009

Charleston, W.Va. – Disasters attract a few trying to help themselves rather than those who suffered losses. Precautions can help those affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017 avoid being victimized.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) never charges for any of its disaster recovery services, nor does it endorse any commercial businesses, products or services.

West Virginia has a price gouging law that forbids businesses and contractors from raising their prices more than 10 percent above pre-disaster levels. It is enforced by the state’s Attorney General.
State and FEMA officials offer these consumer tips:

When hiring a contractor, ask for proof that the contractor has current general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Ask for references and check them before signing a contract.
Don’t pay in advance for more than half the repair costs. Don’t make the final payment until you are satisfied with the completed work.
Verify solicitations for disaster relief agencies by asking for the charity’s exact name, street address, phone number and web address. Phone the charity directly and confirm that the person asking for funds is an employee or an authorized volunteer. Request a receipt.

Also:

FEMA and the U. S. Small Business Administration deal only with the homeowner or renter, not with an intermediary.
State and federal workers do not solicit or accept money from applicants for disaster assistance.
FEMA inspectors present photo identification. They are assigned to specific properties and have the applicant’s nine-digit FEMA registration number. They make appointments to meet the applicant at the property. A FEMA inspector’s job is to verify the extent of eligible disaster-related damage. They don’t seek banking or other personal information, nor do they recommend contractors.

If you suspect fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. If you are the victim of a home repair scam or price gouging, call the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General at 800-368-8808.

For updates on the West Virginia response and recovery, follow the West Virginia Department of Emergency Management at www.dhsem.wv.gov on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM. Also see https://twitter.com/ReadyWV and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters at https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home. Additional FEMA updates on this West Virginia disaster are available at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4331.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 5, 2017 – 15:10
State/Tribal Government or Region:
West Virginia
Region III
Related Disaster(s):
4331

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Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance Usually Takes Two Steps
Release date:
August 29, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-008

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Are you a homeowner or renter whose home is uninhabitable or who lost valuables because of West Virginia’s severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017? It takes two steps to get possible federal help for these losses.

Step one: Apply for FEMA help.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);
Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Step two: Return a completed application for a low-interest disaster loan if you were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) after applying with FEMA.

FEMA cannot make you whole, but they may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, sanitary and secure. They may also temporarily help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your own recovery plan.

The SBA may contact you with information about low-interest disaster loans for homeowners and renters after you apply for FEMA help. There’s no obligation to accept a loan offer, but you’ll miss out on the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds for survivors if you don’t complete an application.

You may also miss out on FEMA grants to replace certain household items, repair or replace a damaged vehicle, and moving and storage costs. The only way FEMA can consider you for this help is if you submit a completed SBA disaster loan application.

Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.

For updates on the West Virginia response and recovery, follow the West Virginia Department of Emergency Management at www.dhsem.wv.gov on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM. Also see https://twitter.com/ReadyWV and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters at https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home.Additional FEMA updates on the West Virginia disaster are available at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4331.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
September 5, 2017 – 15:05
State/Tribal Government or Region:
West Virginia
Region III
Related Disaster(s):
4331

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Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Are Helping West Virginia Residents
Release date:
August 25, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-007

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Four teams of disaster survivor assistance specialists are working in affected areas across West Virginia, helping survivors of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017.

The teams are made up of disaster specialists from FEMA. Using the latest mobile technology, Disaster Survivor Assistance teams can register survivors for disaster assistance, update their records and make referrals to community partners. Team members tailor the information and services they provide to the individual survivor’s needs.

Like all FEMA field personnel, team members carry official identification. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing personal information.

In addition to the registration opportunity offered by recovery teams, survivors can register for assistance by the following methods:

Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
Call 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

By registering with FEMA, survivors may qualify for federal disaster assistance such as:

Grants to rent a temporary place to live.
Grants for essential home repairs not covered by insurance.
Grants for disaster-related needs not covered by insurance — such as medical, dental, transportation, funeral expenses, moving and storage fees, personal property loss and child care.

Registering with FEMA is also the first step in qualifying for help from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Low-interest disaster loans from SBA are available to businesses of all sizes (including landlords), homeowners, renters, and private non-profit organizations to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance. Low-interest disaster loans help fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. Economic injury disaster loans are available to businesses and private non-profits to assist with working capital.

Applicants can find an electronic loan application on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Questions can be directed to the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955/ (TTY) 800-877-8339 or by visiting sba.gov.

West Virginians seeking information about disaster-related services and unmet needs should call West Virginia 211, a statewide information and referral service. Contact 211 for help finding food, childcare, crisis counseling, and many other resources in your local community.

To find current shelter locations for displaced survivors who need a place to stay overnight, please call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS or download the FEMA App on a mobile device.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Disaster survivors can locate open disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in their area by downloading the FEMA App (available on the App Store and on Google Play) or by texting DRC and their zip code to 4FEMA (43362). For text messages, standard message and data rates apply.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For updates on the West Virginia response and recovery, follow the West Virginia Department of Emergency Management at www.dhsem.wv.gov on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM. Also see https://twitter.com/ReadyWV and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters at https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home.Additional FEMA updates on the West Virginia disaster are available at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4331.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
August 29, 2017 – 14:40
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State/FEMA Disaster Center to Open in Wetzel County to Help West Virginia
Release date:
August 28, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-005

Charleston, W.Va. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at the Hundred High School Library, 3490 Hornet Highway, Hundred,Wetzel County, will open Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

DRC 3: Hundred High School Library

Hundred High School

3490 Hornet Highway

Hundred, WV 26575

Wetzel County

Days and Hours

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the state of West Virginia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Disaster survivors can locate open disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in their area by downloading the FEMA App (available on the App Store and on Google Play) or by texting DRC and their zip code to 4FEMA (43362). For text messages, standard message and data rates apply.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);
Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the West Virginia response and recovery, follow the state of West Virginia Department of Emergency Management at www.dhsem.wv.gov on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM. Also see https://twitter.com/ReadyWV and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters at https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home. Additional FEMA updates on this West Virginia disaster are available at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4331.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
August 28, 2017 – 15:57
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State/FEMA Disaster Center to Open in Marshall County to Help West Virginia
Release date:
August 25, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-004

Charleston, W.Va. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at Bishop Donahue High School, 325 Logan St., McMechen, Marshall County, will open Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

DRC 2: Bishop Donahue High School

325 Logan St.

McMechen, WV 26040

Marshall County

Days and Hours

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the state of West Virginia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Disaster survivors can locate open disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in their area by downloading the FEMA App (available on the App Store and on Google Play) or by texting DRC and their zip code to 4FEMA (43362). For text messages, standard message and data rates apply.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);
Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the West Virginia response and recovery, follow the West Virginia Department of Emergency Management at www.dhsem.wv.gov on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM. Also see https://twitter.com/ReadyWV and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters at https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home. Additional FEMA updates on this West Virginia disaster are available at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4331.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
August 28, 2017 – 15:55
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State/FEMA Disaster Center to Open in Marion County to Help West Virginia
Release date:
August 24, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-003

Charleston, W.Va. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at Oakhurst Church of Christ, 3500 Husky Hwy, Farmington, Marion County will open Aug. 25, 2017 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017. The center will serve residents in Marion and Harrison counties.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

Marion County (also serving Harrison County)

Oakhurst Church of Christ

3500 Husky Hwy.

Farmington, WV 26571

Marion County

Days and Hours

Monday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thurs., Fri., Sat.: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from the State of West Virginia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates on applications.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA. To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), also available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on the West Virginia response and recovery, follow the West Virginia Department of Emergency Management at http://www.dhsem.wv.gov on Twitter and Facebook. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4331.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
August 25, 2017 – 13:49
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West Virginia Residents Urged to Register with FEMA
Release date:
August 24, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4331-WV NR-002

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia disaster survivors in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties are urged to register for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Individuals and business owners in the designated counties who had severe storm or flood damage may register for assistance the following ways:

Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
By calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.
For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. The loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Residents and business owners should apply as quickly as they can, even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments but underinsured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Residents are urged to contact their insurance company first to file their flood insurance claims. For flood insurance policyholders who may have questions, FEMA has aligned its call center to better support them with the servicing of their claims and getting answers to their questions quickly. Policyholders may call 1-800-621-3362 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and select Option 2. Call center staff are available to assist policyholders with information regarding their policy, offer technical flood guidance to aid in recovery, and respond to general as well as complicated questions about the NFIP. Policyholders with questions specifically about an insurance claim can be transferred to their insurance carrier for additional assistance.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion3 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
August 25, 2017 – 12:10
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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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