CHARLESTON, WV. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) announced Monday, the deadline to apply for disaster aid for damages resulting from the late-June/early-July derecho is being extended to December 19, 2012.
"We don't want people with uninsured damages to their homes or businesses to miss the opportunity to register, especially with many of those same people recovering from Hurricane Sandy" said Robert Hoban, Federal Coordinating Officer. "That is why we are extending the deadline."
Residents affected by the derecho in the disaster-designated counties are encouraged to register with FEMA for assistance if they have not already done so. The disaster-designated counties are: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Roane, Tyler, Webster, and Wood.
The fastest and easiest way to register is by visiting 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.