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CHARLESTON, W. Va.The deadline for West Virginia storm survivors to register for federal assistance has been extended 14 days to Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted the extension at the request of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance in the wake of the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides. 

FEMA disaster grants are available to homeowners and renters in the 12 storm-impacted counties named in the presidential disaster declaration of June 25: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster. Nearly 9,000 applications from West Virginia survivors have been received by FEMA to date.

Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs. Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare and other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid to the federal government.

The West Virginia Municipal League is sponsoring the "If I Were Mayor, I Would..." essay contest. The contest is open to all 7th grade students in West Virginia. The League wants students to learn more about municipal government and this is a great way to achieve that goal.

Three winners will be chosen from 7th grade students across West Virginia. Each will receive an award plaque and $250 for use toward a savings bond or their college savings fund.

The deadline for entries is November 28, 2016, with essays received at the WV Municipal League office no later than 5:00 p.m. on this day. Winners will be notified in writing by mail. 

In this Issue:

  • WVML Training Dates  
  • Driver’s Amnesty
  • Flood Disaster
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FEMA disaster declaration has been amended to include the following counties:

Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster.

Click to read the entire updated Federal Declaration release and fact sheet

Below are the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers which will assist those affected by the flooding.  

Kanawha County Crede Warehouse

3300 Pennsylvania Ave, Charleston, WV 25302

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (open seven days a week) 

Disaster Recovery Center 2, Richwood City Hall

Richwood City Hall 6, White Ave, Richwood, WV

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (open seven days a week)

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center 3

65 West Main St (please note new address), White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

Hours:  7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Wednesday, 6/29/16 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 6/30/16

Disaster Recovery Center 4

201 Kanawha Ave, Rainelle, WV Opens June 30, 2016

Hours of operation: 7:00AM-7:00PM (open seven days a week)

Contact for assistance:

Emergency Services

Main Number: 304-558-5380 

Clay County: 304-587-4259

Fayette County: 304-574-1610

Greenbrier County: 304-645-5444

Kanawha County: 304-357-0966

Monroe County: 304-772-3925

Nicholas County: 304-872-7892

Pocahontas County: 304-799-6537

Roane County: 304-927-0918

Summers County: 304-466-5613

Webster County: 304-847-2122


1-800-621-FEMA  (1-800-621-3362) or visit

Small Business Administration

1-800-659-2955 or email

WV Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

1-800-451-1954 or visit

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The West Virginia Municipal League would like to share critical emergency contact information to our municipal members who are attempting to survive flood conditions or assist neighboring communities who are being impacted. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services contact information is:

DHSEM Main Number

304-558-5380 (24 hours)

From the DHSEM website, here are just a few things to think about during and after a disaster. There are several helpful links contained in this information. 

Relief Efforts Underway

Historic and tragic flooding swept across large parts of West Virginia yesterday. As of Friday morning, there were at least three (3) flood-related deaths in West Virginia, with rescue efforts continuing in several counties. Significant flooding was reported in Richwood, White Sulphur Springs, Summersville, and throughout Nicholas and Greenbrier Counties. Parts of downtown Richwood were evacuated and many area businesses sustained flood damage. Flooding was also reported in the Elkview and Clendenin areas of Kanawha County. Approximately 200 people were trapped overnight in the Crossings Mall shopping plaza in Elkview when the access road washed out. Rivers that overflowed their banks included the Gauley, Cherry and Cranberry rivers. The Gauley River at Camden-on-Gauley reached an all-time high water level of 29 feet on Thursday night.

Electricity is out in portions of the state, with more than 34,000 customers without power on Thursday evening. Water and natural gas service has been disrupted in many areas. Downed trees and mudslides have closed numerous roads and highways.

By Jefferson E. Brady, P.E., Engineering Section Manager, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management

Have you been wondering how to finance your latest project? What does resiliency and/or sustainability mean? How are other utilities coping with regulatory challenges, reduced funding streams, declining population, and/or asset management? Come to the Water Finance Forum and get some answers tailored for the Appalachian region. The Forum will be held June 15 - 16, 2016, at the Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA. Registration is free and lunch/refreshments are provided. Go to to register. This conference is sponsored by U.S. EPA Region 3 and the Environmental Finance Center Network. 

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Annual Training Seminar for County Clerks and Deputies
June 7-10, 2016
Waterfront Place Hotel
Morgantown, WV

Finance University (For K-12 Educators)
June 26-30, 2016
Marriott Hotel
Charleston, WV

Governmental Accounting and Auditing Seminar
June 27-28, 2016
Marriott Hotel
Charleston, WV

State Auditor’s Annual Training for County Commissioners and Assistants
August 21-22, 2016
Days Hotel and Conference Center
Flatwoods, WV

Annual In-Service Training for Sheriffs and Tax Deputies
September 11-13, 2016
Lakeview Resort and Conference Center
Morgantown, WV

Required State Purchasing Card Coordinators’ Seminar
October 25 or 26, 2016 (Attendee's choice: One day seminar)
Days Hotel and Conference Center
Flatwoods, WV

State Auditor's Conference (2016)
This event has been canceled

Required Annual Seminar for Chapter 30 Licensing Boards
November 29, 2016
Marriott Hotel
Charleston, WV

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