If you live in one of four counties in West Virginia and suffered damage from the strong wind storm that swept through at the end of June, you can now apply for some help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened four Disaster Recovery Centers on Tuesday, including one in South Charleston.
The centers are staffed with volunteers and FEMA workers who can provide some guidance if you need help submitting an application for the federal money.
FEMA is warning people to come prepared with background and other paperwork. "They'll want to know, of course, your full name and address. What they really need is a phone number because we send out an inspector and we do it on an appointment basis. So we need a phone number, so we can contact you so you can rendezvous at your home or business for the damages to be assessed. They will want to know if you've filed an insurance claim and if so, what's happened there, so bring that sort of info and that will speed them along," said Frank Blake with FEMA.
The centers will open on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the following locations:
South Charleston Community Center
601 Jefferson Rd.
South Charleston, WV 25309
National Guard Armory
3 Armory Way
Summersville, WV 26651
Glen Jean Armory
409 Wood Mountain Rd
Glen Jean, WV 25846
200 Armory Road
Beckley, WV 25801
The centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Sundays.
You must register with FEMA before going to a disaster recovery center. Registration is available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362).