Let’s gather to look how far we have came as a community! We look forward to seeing you there
On the morning morning of November 17, volunteers from the Greater Clay Long-Term Recovery Committee say they were made aware that a couple had spent the better part of five months sleeping in that tent instead. Volunteers offered the couple a place to stay for the immediate future. READ THE FULL WSAZ story here.
On June 23, of 2016, life as we know it changed forever in Clay County. The beautiful Elk River became a ravaging force and took with it homes, businesses, and lives. It’s been over 4 months and we are still grappling to fully recover from the devastation.
FEMA, the National Guard and the Red Cross have all packed up with so much left to do. Sadly, even when FEMA and Red Cross were here they fell far short of supplying the aid that our county so desperately needed. When the government agencies packed up and drove away, without even a glance over their shoulders, many rural sections of our county were still unaided.
Since day one it has been our area churches, small businesses, and dedicated volunteers that have kept this county’s heart beating. With 80% of our state in need, it is time to focus on Long Term Recovery.
Long-term Recovery is the time that follows a disaster in which agencies and newly formed organizations help affected persons and communities to develop and implement plans and structures for an extended recovery over a period of time.
Every long-term recovery plan is different because it is based on the needs of those affected. Long-term-recovery goes beyond the initial relief and cleanup and moves on to the rebuilding of homes and lives. This type of recovery can last a few weeks or a few years.
Typical activities that included in long-term recovery include the restoration of infrastructure and vital life support systems. An important step in this recovery period is public awareness. Those affected by this natural disaster need to know who to contact or where to go for the aid that they need.
Long term recovery is the process of restoring, rebuilding, and reshaping the physical, social economic, and natural environment through pre-event planning and post-event actions. The Greater Clay Long Term Recovery Committee is dedicated to helping everyone in Clay County affected by the flood to get their lives back to normal again. We are a group of volunteers dedicated to meeting flood victims needs.
If you were affected by the flood and are still in need of aid do not hesitate to contact the Greater Clay County Long Term Recovery Committee at (304) 587-4700
4086 Ivydale Road
Executive Board Members
Chair- Rhonda McDonald
Vice Chair- Larry Cole
Vice Chair- Pam Street
Treasurer- Tabitha Adkins. firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary- Llyn Drake
Mark you calendars for the annual meeting of The Greater Clay Long-Term Committee. The meeting will be held October 6 at 6pm at our headquarters, 4086 Ivydale Road, Clay WV 25043.
Prior to the meeting we will share a covered dish supper — please bring a dish of your choice!
A copy of this Notice has been posted to the front door and back door entrances to the Clay County Courthouse.
We hope to see you all on Thursday evening.
There will be a meeting of the Greater Clay Long-Term Recovery Committee on Thursday, September 29th, beginning at 6:00 PM at the headquarters at Spread Park. A focus group discussion will be held at 4:00 PM to discuss issues; corrections or revisions with the current By-Laws. Read the bylaws on line here.
Further, the Annual Meeting has been reset for Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 PM.
Legal Aid of WV will be providing free legal consultation to Clay County flood survivors each Friday from 12:00 – 3:30 at the Greater Clay Recovery headquarters.
West Virginia Health Right, with help from the national Remote Area Medical® (RAM) organization, will hold a free clinic on October 22 and 23 at Elkview Middle School in Kanawha County in response to recent flooding in the area. Medical, dental and vision services will be available for a few thousand flood victims and others on a first-come-first-served basis.
“West Virginia Health Right is thrilled to host the RAM free medical event that will benefit thousands of needy West Virginians,” Angie Settle, chief executive officer and executive director of West Virginia Health Right, said. “West Virginia Health Right then will serve as the follow-up site for all patients seen at the event. We remain committed to our mission to provide high-quality medical, dental, pharmaceutical, vision, behavioral health/addiction care, and health education services to the uninsured and underinsured people of West Virginia.”
Four members of the West Virginia Legislature will serve as community host group leaders for the clinic. They include: House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, as community host liaison; Sen. Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, as community host medical leader; Delegate Chris Stansbury, R-Kanawha, as community host vision leader; and Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam, as community host lead organizer.
The free clinic will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, and run through 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. Elkview Middle School is located at 5090 Elk River Road in Elkview.
The Greater Clay Long-Term Recovery Committee (Greater Clay Recovery) has being working hard to organize staff and volunteers. The ground work has begun to identify the unmet needs of Clay County resulting from the June floods after the close of the FEMA and SBA application date on September 7, 2016. This ground work is necessary to aid the long term recovery for individuals, families and organizations in Clay County.
Greater Clay has filed with the Secretary of State as a voluntary association under the corporation laws of the State of West Virginia. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has also recognized Greater Clay as a Section 501 (c) (3) qualified charity which permits donations to Greater Clay to be income tax deductible.
The Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia granted Greater Clay $10,000 for startup costs. Several other requests for grants have been submitted.
Volunteers for case management to document and verify the scope and priority of those needs remaining unmet from the floods have undergone training. More training is being scheduled for volunteers. FEMA and DHHR have associates who are advising the committee and its volunteers on how to deal with issues that rise up outside the normal routine.
Greater Clay Recovery has also established a presence in Clay County at 4086 Ivydale Road and has a phone at 304 587-4700. The committee is in the process of setting up the office. It needs volunteers to staff and aid other office workers in setting up office hours and a phone answering service so that information and unmet needs issues get priority attention. The office hours and phone system are targeted for September 19 to be set up and noticed on the Greater Clay Recovery website.
The Headquarters at Ivydale Road also are being arranged to house various volunteer groups who can provide labor to install materials and build facilities that are identified by the case managers. The American Red Cross is helping establish means for verifying the needs and other volunteer organizations will be contacted to help supply goods and materials for volunteers to use in long-term reconstruction.
Greater Clay Recovery advisors and case managers are also notifying people of the need to appeal a FEMA decision when FEMA has turned down assistance. One type of issue has been identified already where FEMA may have denied funds for bridge construction because the owner of a house (primary dwelling) has worked out other routes to gain access to the house with the bridge down. If the house owner does not have access through his or her property the decision should be appealed to inform FEMA of the limitation on access through other peoples property.
Additionally, organizations such as churches, voluntary groups, and businesses who wish to join Greater Clay Recovery are encouraged to do so. This way many groups can join together and spread the word of the resources and opportunities. Greater Clay Recovery can focus on new ways to develop and build Clay County into a place even better than when the flood waters came.
Greater Clay Recovery also thanks all of the churches, voluntary associations and organizations, businesses and individuals who have unceasingly labored for months to help direct individuals to address the living needs, damage and reconstruction of persons hurt and vulnerable as a result of the June floods.
The current members of the Greater Clay Long-Term Recovery Committee are:
Church of the Nazarene, Dille, WV
Catholic Charities WV
WV Rivers Coalition
Risen Lord Catholic Church
Advantage Care Distribution
Clay Lions Club
Horner Fork Missionary Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, Clay, WV
Episcopal Diocese of WV, Charleston, WV
United Way of Central WV, Charleston, WV
Save The Children
United Church of Christ
American Red Cross
Clarksburg Mission/Celebrate Recovery
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has reminded West Virginians affected by the June 2016 flooding that the deadline to register flood-related damages with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Wednesday, September 7.
Eligible residents must live in one of the federal disaster-declared counties: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster.
To register with FEMA, call 800-621-3362 or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
FEMA grants may cover expenses including housing assistance for rentals, repairs or direct temporary housing; disaster-related medical or child care assistance; and, legal services for insurance claims, home repairs or legal papers lost in the flooding. For qualifying households, FEMA may cover losses insurance does not.
September 7 also is the deadline for applications for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans, which support small businesses, renters, homeowners and private non-profits for losses not covered by insurance or other federal aid. To apply for a low-interest disaster loan, applicants must first register with FEMA.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. — Nearly eight weeks after the June flood, many Clay County residents remain in only the initial stages of flood recovery.
“Two months later, people are thinking, ‘Well, things must be back to normal,’ and they simply aren’t,” reported Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and a member of the Greater Clay Long-Term Recovery Committee, on Tuesday.
The Greater Clay Long-Term Recovery Committee is one of several such committees setting up to operate for years, if necessary, in West Virginia’s flood zone which includes parts of central and southeastern West Virginia. Read the full story at WVMetroNews.