WV survivors of July, 2017 floods have until October 17 to apply for FEMA help

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CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia disaster survivors affected by the July 28-29 flooding event have one week left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

Survivors can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance by using any of the following methods:

Going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or downloading the FEMA mobile app.

Calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.

For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

These toll-free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time).

Applicants referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration by FEMA should also apply for disaster loan assistance by Oct.17.

Submitting a loan application does not imply acceptance of a loan, but is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Those who have experienced damage from the storms may be eligible for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.

This may cover expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.

FEMA assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repair to their primary residence, as well as other serious disaster-related needs.

FEMA assistance is not dependent on income. The determination on the amount of disaster assistance an eligible applicant receives is based on disaster-related damage incurred as a direct result of the recent storms and flooding and the amount of their insurance settlement, if any.

Disaster assistance for essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or for other serious needs does not count as taxable income.

West Virginians affected by the severe storms and flooding who receive federal assistance will not lose Social Security or Medicare benefits, will not pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs.

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