FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Thursday

Pocahontas County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mike O’Brien confirmed Tuesday that FEMA is expected to open a Disaster Recovery Center at the McClintic Library in Marlinton Thursday, July 7.

The center will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week and FEMA staff will be on hand to help anyone affected by the late June flooding.
FEMA representative Michael Hau said that, so far, only 41 people in Pocahontas County have registered with FEMA for losses due to the flooding.

Representatives from the Small Business Administration will also be on hand to assist businesses that wish to claim losses due to the flooding.

Hau said if anyone has suffered a loss including spoiled food, tools, equipment or even lost wages, they should register with FEMA. He stressed that even if you aren’t sure you would qualify for assistance, you are encouraged to meet with a representative at the library. You do not have to register with FEMA before meeting a representative at the Disaster Recovery Center, but it may be helpful to do so.

Apply online at : www.DisasterAssistance.gov

Call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362

Those with a speech impediment or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly

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

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