CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged all West Virginians to report any structural damage their homes and/or businesses sustained during last week's storm to their local emergency management office. The damage reports will be submitted to FEMA as additional documentation for the governor's request for a major federal disaster declaration. If granted, the declaration will provide both public and individual assistance. Such assistance would help our counties and cities, as well as our homeowners and small business owners in the hardest hit areas recover from the storm.
"I know there are some folks still waiting for their power to come back on. I'm staying in close contact with the power companies and want those customers to know I am continuing to devote all state resources to making sure all power is restored as soon as possible," Gov. Tomblin said. "I have seen firsthand the damage this storm has done to homes and businesses across the state, and I'm working to get our state some additional assistance. I've asked the President for a major federal disaster declaration. If granted, this declaration could provide our families and businesses the support they need to begin repairing their damaged homes and facilities. In order to demonstrate the destruction to FEMA, we need a complete listing of all damage in the state so I'm asking all West Virginians to report their damage to their county's office of emergency management as soon as possible.
"Please know that Joanne and I continue to pray for all those who have been affected the storm. We will do everything we can to help as you begin cleaning up the mess Sandy left behind."
State resources continue to be devoted to the hardest hit areas. Local emergency management offices remain open and are now assisting with damage assessments. We are down to approximately 15,000 customers without electricity, and shelters remain available in the affected areas.
For a complete listing of county offices, please visit our storm update page at www.governor.wv.gov
Amy Shuler Goodwin