FEMA Extends Deadline for Disaster Relief

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UPDATE: 11/19/2012 10:28 PM

The deadline to apply for disaster aid for damages from the June derecho is being extended to December 19th.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides individual assistance to pay for such needs as home repairs, disaster-related medical expenses and repair or replacement of uninsured property.

Officials say they're extending the deadline to make sure people don't miss the deadline especially since many were hit by Hurricane Sandy as well.

So far 849 West Virginians have been approved for over $2 million in disaster assistance.

In West Virginia, the June 29th derecho and related storms left three people dead and more than 680,000 customers without electricity.

The fastest and easiest way to register is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov. You may also register on your smartphone at m.fema.gov.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call FEMA's toll-free hotline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the deaf or hard of hearing.

After the application deadline, FEMA's toll-free phone line will still be available to assist those who have already registered. Applicants who have questions about disaster assistance programs or questions about the status of their previously filed applications should continue to use FEMA's toll-free number.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The deadline for West Virginians affected by this summer's derecho to seek federal assistance is fast approaching.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, and Congressman Nick Rahall say individuals have until Monday to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Individual assistance can be used to pay for home repairs, rental assistance, disaster-related medical, dental and funeral expenses, and repair or replacement of uninsured personal property. The June 29 derecho and subsequent storms left three people dead and more than 680,000 customers without electricity across the state.

Those wishing to apply should call 800-621-3362.

There's also a link to a disaster assistance website on the "Hot Button" on our home page.

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Four counties in West Virginia are declared disasters after the June storms, but Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is urging people outside of those counties to register with FEMA.

Only people in disaster declared counties can receive help from FEMA.

Governor Tomblin and FEMA representatives say many people outside the four counties experienced a lot of damage, including right here in Wood County.

By registering on the FEMA website, it helps the organization determine how many people still need help. The more people who register, the more likely our area could be declared a disaster county.

"You have to be in a declared county to be able to receive FEMA assistance. So this is something that could possibly take place once we have a better feel. If Wood County is added, then people will already be registered and then they'll be registered for FEMA assistance," says FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Dolph Diemont.

"I have a list of undeclared counties. The total number for the state of people who have called in from undeclared counties is 151. The number isn't so important as to get an idea of the concentration of the people needing assistance in the county," Diemont adds.

You can register by clicking on the hot button for more.

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