Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

FEMA Brings Mobile Homes to W.Va. ; Federal Agency Gets Temporary Housing for Flood Victims Due to Lack of Rental Options

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

FEMA Brings Mobile Homes to W.Va. ; Federal Agency Gets Temporary Housing for Flood Victims Due to Lack of Rental Options

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun bringing mobile homes to West Virginia to house people displaced by the recent floods. Scott Sanders, a FEMA spokesman, said they had not been able to find enough rental properties or other housing options in Kanawha and Greenbrier counties, so they began the process of bringing in the temporary housing.

He said it was too soon to say how many homes would be trucked in or where they would be located, calling it a "multi-step, multi- week process.

"They're kind of the option of last resort when we run out of places for people to stay, Sanders said. "We are working with the state, obviously in close coordination, to try to determine the best plan moving forward for temporary housing.

FEMA also is continuing to advise residents who were affected by the flooding to both contact and stay in touch with the agency.

Applicants who change an address or phone number should update the information with FEMA, even if the change is only temporary. Delays could result if information is missing or incorrect.

FEMA said in a news release it's a good idea to provide a secondary contact number when registering with the agency.

To update information, applicants can visit the FEMA website at disa sterassistance.gov to upload documents or call the toll-free FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

As of this week, more help sites for those affected by flooding in June have opened in Kanawha and Monroe counties.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened in the tent across from the Dollar General at 120 Maywood Ave., W. in Clendenin, and at the Alderson Senior Center, 317 Monroe St. in Monroe County.

The two new locations make 13 Disaster Recovery Centers in West Virginia.

The purpose of the centers is to inform survivors about assistance they are eligible to receive, including grants to pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement and other disaster-related needs not typically covered by insurance. …

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