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FEMA denies individual assistance

December 13, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Randolph County's request for individual assistance following Superstorm Sandy.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management contacted Jim Wise, director of the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management, Tuesday and told him individual assistance claims made after the storm had been denied.

This comes after the announcement from FEMA on Nov. 27 that public assistance had been approved for the county.

The OEM submitted two general claims to FEMA, one seeking assistance for the county as a whole and another for individuals within the county. FEMA could decide to approve or deny either.

Wise said there have been 108 calls to the OEM about specific damage reports.

These reports were noted but could not be acted on until a general claim for individual assistance was approved by FEMA.

"This will affect everyone who had damage to home or property that insurance didn't cover," he said. "A multitude of things were filed for."

He said roofs of homes were damaged due to wind, snow and fallen trees. Vehicles were also heavily affected for the same reasons.

It is upon individuals to file claims with their insurance companies in the first place, said Wise. However, if insurance denies a claim then a separate claim can be sent to FEMA.

There are things that will not be reimbursed by FEMA, said Wise.

"It won't cover gasoline. It won't cover (spoiled) food," he said.

Wise said an appeal will soon be filed with FEMA. He was unable to provide a specific date for the appeal, but he said he expects it to be as soon as possible.



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