Secure Housing in W. Va. Getting Strong Disaster Push Following Storms

October 15, 2004

As the cleanup after Hurricane Ivan proceeds, insuring that flood-affected West Virginia residents have safe, sanitary housing reportedly continues to be the top priority of federal and state officials.

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making an aggressive effort in the hardest-hit flood areas to locate people in need of temporary housing,” said Lou Botta, federal coordinating officer. “In some cases we are calling people several times over and working with them to insure that they are settled safely.”

Steve Kappa, state coordinating officer for the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) urged disaster-affected residents “to visit FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers, where workers are explaining housing aid available because of the disaster.”

Housing assistance is available for renters and homeowners whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed, or who were displaced from their homes for other disaster-related reasons.

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