March 05, 2012

Manchin Committed to Federal Disaster Aid for Areas Hit in Weekend Storms

Manchin briefed on National Guard’s recovery efforts, storm damage

Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) received a briefing this morning from the West Virginia National Guard and Division of Homeland Security on how the state is coping with major weather damage from weekend storms. At the briefing, Senator Manchin underscored his commitment to making sure that West Virginia receives the federal disaster aid needed to help rebuild damaged areas. 

“Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have been deeply affected by the storms that caused so much destruction last week, and we will continue to keep you in our prayers,” Senator Manchin said. “In West Virginia, we were very fortunate not to have suffered any loss of life, but I know that many families and businesses are hurting following the severe weather that caused serious damage. I remain committed to ensuring that West Virginia receives the federal disaster assistance it needs to help every affected family and business return to normal as quickly as possible, and I have every confidence that our state National Guard and emergency responders will be working around the clock to assist those that were affected by flooding and storms. As always, my office stands by to assist those in need in any way possible.” 

West Virginia Adjutant General of the National Guard James A. Hoyer and West Virginia Emergency Services Director James Gianato provided the briefing, which covered the areas that have been damaged, their needs and the Guard’s efforts to clean up the disaster. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in nine West Virginia counties: Doddridge, Harrison, Lincoln, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Richie, Taylor and Wayne.

West Virginians who need assistance can contact Senator Manchin’s office at (304) 342-5855 or toll-free at 855-275-5737 (for use with a 304 or 681 area code).