CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already written about $600,000 in checks to individuals in four counties including Kanawha who qualified for individual assistance for damage during the June derecho.
Individuals in Kanawha, Raleigh, Nicholas and Fayette who had property damaged by storms from June 29 to July 8 are eligible to receive individual assistance. FEMA representatives attended Thursday's Kanawha County Commission meeting to discuss the individual assistance.
Residents living in those counties are not only eligible for reimbursement for damage to their property and homes, but also for purchasing a generator during the days-long power outage that followed the storm, said Michelle Breeland, individual assistance grant director.
And FEMA is still on hand to offer individual assistance, said Don Jacks, agency spokesman.
Individuals who sustained property damage during the storms can contact the agency at its Disaster Recovery Center at the South Charleston Community Center on Jefferson Road.
The agency can also be called at 1-800-621-3362.
"People have until November 19 to apply for assistance," Breeland said.
Jacks encourages anyone who sustained damage to their property to contact the agency, even if they do not think they are eligible.
"There are a lot of people in the state that need assistance," Jacks said. "We just want to get people back in their homes."
The U.S. Small Business Administration will also be on hand to help businesses that sustained losses, Jacks said.
FEMA representatives have visited about 600 pieces of property in the four counties inspecting damage for those seeking individual assistance, he said. However, Jacks said he would like to have more visits under the agency's belt.
Kanawha County Commissioners also encouraged anyone who sustained damage to apply for assistance. Commission President Kent Carper pointed out that individuals do not know if they are eligible until they apply.
"I think a lot of folks still don't know that we're offering individual assistance," Breeland said. The average payment for those receiving individual assistance has been about $1,300, she said.
Commissioners also voted to withhold Public Safety Grant money from three fire departments in the area during Thursday's meeting.