CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding those affected by the recent storms and floods they have only a short time left to register for possible assistance.
For residents in Marion, Harrison, Preston, Taylor and Wayne counties, the deadline is May 15. For those in Logan and Mingo, counties the deadline is May 21.
For Lincoln County residents who were affected by the storms and flooding of February 29 through March 5, the deadline is May 15. For Lincoln County residents affected by the floods of March 15 through March 31, the deadline is May 21.
Assistance is available for homeowners, renters and businesses of any size.
“You absolutely must register with FEMA as the first step in getting help,” FEMA’s Charleston-based Federal Coordinating Officer Deanne Criswell said. “Even if you have been talking to, or signed up with, state, county or local folks, that doesn’t get you registered with FEMA.”
People seeking help only need to call FEMA’s toll-free Help Line at 800-621-3362 to speak to a representative and supply some basic information.
Operators are standing by from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week, Criswell said.
“The process is fast and simple," she said. "Even if you are unsure if you qualify, call FEMA and let us determine your eligibility. ”
Registrations can also be made online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. From a cell phone or other PDA, the address is m.fema.gov. Those with hearing or speech disabilities can use the TTY number -- 800-462-7585. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.