Trucks line up with FEMA commodities for West Virginia residents

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Pallets of FEMA commodities-emergency meals, water, hygiene kits and infant formula-wait be loaded on Charleston National Guard trucks for delivery to West Virginians who need these supplies for survival.

CHARLESTON, W.Va — When several feet of snow, days of rainfall, and high winds isolated hundreds of thousands of people with no power, no heat, and limited communication, West Virginia officials asked FEMA for help.

The request required FEMA to move mountains, so FEMA moved mountains of commodities for the West Virginia National Guard to distribute to areas that need them. The staging areas for the commodities are the Charleston and the Martinsburg National Guard facilities.

Water, meals, hygiene kits, and blankets head the list of commodities that are already on-hand or shipped throughout the state. Also included are infant toddler kits, cots and generators. Truckloads have arrived at the two sites with more arriving daily

State and local officials are selecting sites to distribute the commodities to residents. As supplies become available, local officials can advise residents what is available and when they may be picked up.


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