Logan Co. disaster recovery centers continue to offer help
VERDUNVILLE, Apr 18, 2012 (The Logan Banner - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Logan County flood victims still have time to get signed up for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance at the disaster recovery center in Verdunville.
The center in Logan County, at the Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department, located on County Route 5, 2270 Mud Fork Road, will remain open until further notice, a press release from FEMA said. The DRC is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The center in Logan County is staffed with disaster recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance. Those seeking assistance should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency before visiting a DRC. Flood victims can register with FEMA by calling the FEMA Help Line at 1-800-621-3362 or they can go online to register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled mobile device or smart phone at m.fema.gov. Those using mobile devices or smart phones need to follow the link "Apply for Assistance."
Flood victims can also use the Help Line to answer questions, provide information or learn the status of their application. People with hearing disabilities can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585.
In Logan County, many residents of Mud Fork, Verdunville, Coal Branch and Mount Gay were affected by flooding on March 15, after several inches of rain fell in an hour. The flash flooding caused damage to nearly 300 homes and businesses and affected more than 1,000 people.
The West Virginia National Guard was in the area last week doing its final cleanup in the flooded communities.
But, although Logan County flood victims have a little while longer to get help, residents of Lincoln County, who were victims of storms a week earlier, have just one more day to visit the disaster recovery center in Griffithsville.
The State and federal Disaster Recovery Center in Griffithsville will close permanently tomorrow at 7 p.m., officials said. The hours of operation at this center will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.
The closing of the Griffithsville DRC has no effect on the ability of those seeking federal and state assistance for damages sustained during the recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding to register, which is the first step in asking for help. Deadline for Lincoln, Marion and Wayne county residents to register is May 15; for residents of Logan County, the deadline is May 21.
The press release said information to have ready when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
To contact Staff Writer Michael Browning, call 304-752-6950, extension 309, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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