Trucks line up with FEMA commodities for West Virginia residentsFront Page News Monday, November 5th, 2012 Would you like to receive e-mail alerts when we have breaking news? Click here!
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.