CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia will receive an additional $242,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor National Emergency Grant fund to assist with the cleanup of areas affected by Hurricane Sandy between October 29 and November 8, 2012.
"I'm grateful for the continued support we have received from the Department of Labor," Gov. Tomblin said. "This supplemental funding will assist us in continuing to rebuild and restore our hometowns while helping to put West Virginians back to work."
Last fall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared 18 West Virginia counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program following damage caused by heavy snowfall associated with Hurricane Sandy. In December 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor granted a $300,000 grant to WorkForce West Virginia to create temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with the cleanup and recovery efforts as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
This additional grant funding serves Barbour, Preston, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties and will provide for the continuation of employment for eligible dislocated workers as they continue to assist with the repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged public facilities and lands within the affected communities.
For more information, contact WorkForce West Virginia at 1-800-252-5627.
Amy Shuler Goodwin