Register Now for Recovery Assistance-2021 Winter Flooding

6/11/2021

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On May 20, 2021, West Virginia received news that ​federal assistance is avail​able to eligible individuals and families affected by the Severe Storms ​and Flooding from ​February 27-March 4, 2021​ in the following counties: 
  • Cabell
  • ​Kanawha
  • Mingo
  • ​Wayne​​​

We encourage those impacted by this event to contact FEMA by going online 
to disasterassistance.gov or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. 
Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For the latest information on the February 27-March 4, 2021 storms and flooding, visit West Virginia Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4605-WV)​. ​​​​

​Additional Information

​​FEMA Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP)​ Notice: ​
​Open for Public Comments

US Small Business Association Offers Disaster Assistance to West Virginia

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses and residents in West Virginia following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to severe storms and flooding from Feb. 27 through March 4, 2021.

The disaster declaration covers Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo and Wayne counties, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane and Wyoming.

The SBA will provide customer service and conduct outreach virtually with webinars, phone assistance and step-by-step application assistance. The SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center/Business Recovery Center to help survivors apply online via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov​. Virtual customer support representatives are available to help applicants complete the online application:

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center/Business Recovery Center 

Open: Monday - Sunday (7 days/week) 
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Email: FOCE-Help@sba.gov  
Phone: (800) 659-2955

Resources

​​Beware of Fraud and Scams 

Following the federal disaster declaration for the severe storms and flooding of February 27 to March 4, 2021, the Fe​deral Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ​is sending inspectors to Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo, and Wayne counties to document damages to the homes affected by the disaster.

Storm survivors in these counties should be on alert for con artists and criminals trying to obtain money or steal personal information through fraud, scams, or identity theft.

In some cases, thieves try to register with FEMA usin​​g names, addresses and Social Security numbers they have stolen from survivors. Here are some tips to avoid being conned:

  • When a FEMA inspector calls to discuss your damaged home, he or she will require verification of your identity, but will already have your registration number.
  • No government disaster assistance official will call you to ask for your financial information.
    If you doubt a FEMA representative is legitimate, hang up and call the main FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak about the incident.
  • Housing inspectors do not charge a fee at any time to inspect your property.
  • FEMA never asks for money and never requires banking information or payment in any form.

To report scams, fraud, and identity-theft, contact:

  • FEMA's toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or;
  • WV Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline: 
    1-800-368-8808 or https://ago.wv.gov/consumerprotection
  • Local law-enforcement agencies.​​​




Contact Information

Lora D. Lipscomb, Public Information Officer