Major Disaster Declaration for severe weather events in April 2024 announced by Governor Justice and the West Virginia Emergency Management Division

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — A Major Disaster Declaration, approved for West Virginia by President Joe Biden, was announced by Governor Jim Justice and West Virginia Emergency Management Division.

The disaster declaration was made in response to the severe weather, involving tornadoes, flooding, straight-line winds, mudslides, and landslides, that occurred in the state from April 2, 2024 through April 6, 2024.

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We worked really hard for this Major Disaster Declaration. We made sure we had the damage reports from every single county to get our ducks in a row. After the wreckage the April storms caused, West Virginia deserves this funding. Now, we are going to start rebuilding our communities.

Governor Justice

Communities that were affected by the severe weather will receive federal help that will speed up recovery efforts while also making sure that resources needed to restore and rebuild are available for those affected by the storms.

Individual and Public Assistance programs are a part of the declaration, and the programs will aid residents, local governments, and nonprofit organizations that were impacted by the severe weather events.

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The Major Disaster Declaration will help with:

  • The availability of Individual Assistance funding for those in Fayette, Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marshall, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Wayne, and Wetzel counties.

  • The availability of Public Assistance funding for non-profit organizations and governments in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Preston, Tyler, and Wetzel counties.

  • The availability of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding for all 55 counties in West Virginia. HMGP will aid communities as they work with hazard mitigation measures.

Our priority remains the safety and well-being of our residents. We urge everyone to stay informed and follow local authorities’ guidance as we continue recovery efforts.

Matt Blackwood | WVEMD Deputy Director

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A large amount of damage was caused by the severe weather that occurred in the Mountain State. Houses were damaged, trees were uprooted, and compromised infrastructure were caused by the weather, and those who lived in the state and were affected by the storms dealt with landslides, flooding, and mudslides that displaced them from their homes.

Local and state emergency management teams spent time constantly working since the storms to aid the people that were impacted by the severe weather.

Residents and business owners in the areas involved in the declaration who dealt with losses due to the storms can apply for FEMA assistance online, through the FEMA app, or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

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