As of Monday, approximately $25,000 in damage to homes in Upshur County has been formally reported to the Upshur County Office of Emergency Management.
Officials suspect there might be much more.
Residents with damage to their houses and property should report damages to their local emergency management director. Damages are being reported to state and federal officials in support of a possible major disaster declaration for individual assistance from the president.
Residents also are encouraged to report damage and losses to their insurance agent for possible reimbursement. Food loss and costs of private generators, including fuel, do not need to be reported to local emergency management directors since these costs are not reimbursable under any Federal Emergency Management declaration. Residents are asked to take photos of the damage for their own records and save any storm-related receipts. This information is an assessment only; no assistance has been approved, or may ever be approved.
The Upshur County OEM will take the information by phone at 304-472-4983, or by fax at 304-472-6539. Residents can send professional estimates or reasonable self-evaluations.
A directory of local emergency management phone numbers is available in the governmental listing of phone books and on the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's webpage at www.dhsem.wv.gov/countycontacts.