FEMA

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One of the first presentations West Virginia lawmakers heard after gaveling in for the 2018 state Legislative session was one to help them more effectively guide their districts in the face of emergencies.

Since 2009, there have been 21 state emergency proclamations, 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency major disaster declarations, and 4 FEMA emergency declarations – that’s according to Jimmy Gianato, Director of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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Several families impacted by flooding last year in West Virginia have received new homes.

WVVA-TV reports the Rainelle residents were handed keys to their homes on Monday. The homes have 8-foot (2-meter) support beams should severe weather come again.

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The last Disaster Recovery Center serving communities in northern West Virginia after devastating flash floods this summer will close this week.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Recovery Center in Wetzel County will close at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, September 29.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a campus near Summersville.

Hundred, WV, a week after flooding is still clearing and cleaning debris.
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Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a federal disaster declaration for a dozen counties in northern West Virginia hit by flooding in late July.

Justice sent a letter to the White House on August 10 requesting the disaster declaration, according to a news release from the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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West Virginia's U.S. senators say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing a $1.9 million grant to the state.

According to U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the funds will be used by the Nicholas County School District for protective measures to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged in flooding last June.

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West Virginia is receiving $12.8 million for flood recovery efforts in Nicholas and Kanawha counties.

Part of the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used by the Nicholas County School District to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged during flooding last June.

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Nicholas County School District has been awarded a federal grant of more than $2.1 million for temporary facilities to replace schools damaged in June floods.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins announced the grant Wednesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia officials say the state has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to put case managers in each county hurt by flooding in June and help flood victims with remaining unmet needs.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia's U.S. senators say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $1.7 million to the state for the Nicholas County School to secure temporary facilities following the flooding in late June that damaged or destroyed buildings.

According to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $2.3 million cost. The state is expected to pay the balance.

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A West Virginia school district ravaged by floods in June is receiving a $2.7 million federal grant for temporarily facilities to replace its damaged schools.

On Tuesday, Congressman Evan Jenkins announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency money for Nicholas County School District.

Roane County Floods
Jeff Fetty

West Virginia is one of four states that will receive part of a $500 million dollar federal flood-relief package. However, it’s unclear how much of it will be awarded to the Mountain State.

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The deadline is approaching for West Virginia residents affected by flooding in June to apply for federal assistance.

Wednesday is the deadline to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and to submit applications for U.S. Small Business Administration loans.

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West Virginia residents affected by flooding in June have until Wednesday to apply for federal assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration said that is the deadline to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and to submit applications for loans to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Federal officials say three disaster recovery centers set up following devastating flooding that hit West Virginia in June are closing this week.

The officials say the recovery centers are in White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle in Greenbrier County and at Clendenin in Kanawha County.

Federal officials say the deadline for West Virginia storm survivors to register for federal disaster assistance has been extended to Sept. 7.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the extension was granted at the request of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Muddy cars sit in front a flooded-out home on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Clendenin, in northern Kanawha County, W.Va.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that it will provide additional rental assistance to victims of the June floods. 

FEMA said that victims who have already received rental assistance who have not already received a letter and a form in the mail will receive one soon. Households must return the completed form in addition to the following documents to apply for assistance: 

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Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More than 8,000 West Virginia households have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal assistance since June’s flooding.

FEMA officials say 8,732 West Virginians have contacted the agency for help after high waters damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses on June 30. That number is expected to increase, though, because the deadline to apply for assistance does not expire until September 7.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked schools in West Virginia to reconsider using portable classrooms for students affected by recent floods.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that FEMA asked Kanawha County Schools last week to consider alternatives to portable classrooms because of how expensive it would be to use the units for such an extended time.

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Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Flood victims should be on the lookout for scammers claiming to be from FEMA or the state of West Virginia.


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The deadline for West Virginians impacted by June’s flooding to register for federal disaster relief has been extended. 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced through a press release the deadline to register with FEMA- the Federal Emergency Management Agency- has been extended from August 24 to September 7.  That gives flood victims in 12 counties an additional two weeks to register.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There are only two weeks left for survivors of June’s devastating flooding to apply for federal grants or loans.

The deadline to apply for disaster assistance with either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Small Business Administration is on Wednesday, August 24.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

FEMA-- the Federal Emergency Management Agency-- is well known for its individual housing assistance program- a federal program that helps homeowners and renters who have lost their housing and belongings in natural disasters, but the agency has another program that helps states and local governments rebuild.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Thousands of West Virginians are still recovering more than six weeks after heavy rains caused historic flooding in southeastern parts of the state. State officials say finding housing is still one of the top priorities, but the need in some communities is changing.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Federal assistance has reached $72 million for West Virginians affected by devastating floods last month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money includes grants, loans and claims to individuals and state and local governments.

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West Virginians who are running into issues related to last month's deadly floods might be eligible for free legal services.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that Disaster Legal Services will provide legal help to low-income people who can't pay for lawyers because of a major disaster. The lawyers have volunteered to provide limited assistance.

West Virginia emergency officials say state and Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers are changing their hours starting Sunday.

The centers will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, but starting next week, new operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the centers will be closed on Sundays, including this Sunday.

Roane County Floods
Jeff Fetty

West Virginia has secured a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer 250 temporary jobs for flood disaster clean-up activities in the 12 counties under the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration. The program will be administered through WorkForce West Virginia.

Muddy cars sit in front a flooded-out home on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Clendenin, in northern Kanawha County, W.Va.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says it will be some time before the state has fully recovered after devastating floods in late June. He says he anticipates the damage to well-exceed $100 million.

Governor Tomblin held a press conference Wednesday to update the state on the status of recovery efforts in West Virginia.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it's securing an unspecified number of mobile homes to house some of those displaced by West Virginia's deadly floods.

The temporary homes will be used to shelter flood victims in hard-hit Kanawha and Greenbrier counties. Flooding in late June claimed 23 lives and devastated numerous homes and businesses.

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