FEMA opens Disaster Recovery Center in Summersville

The aftermath of severe storms can leave communities grappling with significant financial burdens and property damages. In response to the severe storms that struck West Virginia between April 2-6, 2024, FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Summersville, providing crucial assistance to affected residents.

Residents of Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marshall, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Wayne, and Wetzel counties are eligible to seek aid from FEMA to alleviate the financial strains caused by the recent storms. This assistance extends to both insured and uninsured individuals.

What Does FEMA Assistance Cover?

From rental assistance to basic home repairs and support for personal property losses, FEMA offers a range of aid options tailored to the needs of storm-affected individuals. Whether you need help repairing your home or replacing damaged personal belongings, FEMA is here to support you through the recovery process.

Accessing Assistance

While FEMA provides several avenues to apply for assistance, the Disaster Recovery Center in Summersville stands out as a vital resource for those seeking aid. Located at 449 Water Street, within the Nicholas County Office of Emergency Services, and open from Monday – Saturday from 8am to 6pm, the center offers residents the opportunity to speak with FEMA representatives in person.

According to FEMA spokesperson Trey Paul, “This provides an opportunity for them to come in, talk to an actual person, share their concerns, and have them be walked through the process of how to apply for assistance.”

Alternative Channels for Assistance

Recognizing that accessing a physical center may prove inconvenient for some, FEMA offers alternative channels for individuals to seek assistance. These include:

  • 1-800 Number: Individuals can call 1-800-621-3362 to speak with a FEMA representative and apply for assistance over the phone.
  • Door-to-Door Assistance: FEMA crews are also providing assistance by going door-to-door in affected areas, ensuring that help reaches those who may not be able to visit a center.
  • Online Resources: For those who prefer digital channels, FEMA’s website disasterassistance.gov and the FEMA app offer comprehensive information and support for applying for assistance.

“We just want to make folks aware that we have lots of options for people out there,” Trey Paul emphasizes.

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