CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues work in Charleston after a chemical leak Thursday.
FEMA is working in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety.
FEMA is providing supplies to a regional staging area in Charleston.
As of Saturday, FEMA had delivered nearly 1 million liters of water from its distribution centers in Maryland.
FEMA says it will continue to deliver supplies to the state for distribution, as needed and requested.
Friday, President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for federal disaster assistance to West Virginia to supplement state and local response efforts.
Direct federal assistance is currently available for Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson also spoke with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday to convey concern for those impacted by this incident and to make sure there were no unmet needs as the response continues.
In support of state and local response efforts, a FEMA liaison, an Incident Management Assistance Team and a Mobile Emergency Response team are on site in Charleston to help coordinate assistance to the state as needed. In addition, FEMA’s Regional Response Coordination Center in Philadelphia is activated to support coordination efforts and assist in mobilizing resources.
“FEMA is in Charleston, working with the State of West Virginia to help meet the needs of impacted residents,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Lapinski. “I encourage those affected to continue to listen to State and Local officials for updated information, including where they can get drinking water.”