Flood recovery supplies distribution takes place in Fayette County

MINDEN, WV (WOAY) – Following Sunday’s flooding in Fayette County, the Office of Emergency Management set up sites in Minden and at the Whipple Company Store on Tuesday for residents to come by and pick up cleaning supplies, food and even get a vaccine. 

“We’re setting up today, passing out supplies,” Office of Emergency Management Director Kevin Walker said. “Bleach, water, brooms mops things like that to get everybody back moving into the recovery portion of the disaster.”

Anyone affected by the flooding could have stopped by, picked up food and water from local outreach ministry Warm Hands from Warm Hearts, got cleaning supplies from emergency management and could have even received a vaccine from the health department. 

“We decided we would come down and provide vaccines and so we have Hepatitis A and tetanus, so Tdap vaccine,” Fayette County Health Department Administrator Teri Harlan said. “Dr. Stewart is here to administer the vaccines and then our nurse is at Whipple doing the same.” 

While teams were helping at the two handout locations, disaster teams made up of Red Cross personnel and local first responders were out doing damage assessment.

Walker says they have to meet a certain damage percentage in order to receive federal assistance or money from FEMA to help in the recovery effort. 

“If we do not meet that declaration goal, then we do not get federal assistance from FEMA, so with the disaster management teams that are out of the ground, the debris management teams that we’re going to be setting up, that’s going to give us a better look at the cost analysis of what it’s going to cost to take care of this disaster and get everything cleaned up,” Walker said. 

If you weren’t able to make it today and want a Tdap or Hepatitis A vaccine or have any questions regarding your health in the midst of flood cleanup call the health department at (304) 574-1617.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.