CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has provided an updated list of ways in which the public can help victims of the recent flooding.
Volunteers are needed in the field for intake and referral efforts. If you or your business are interested in assisting with these efforts, please e-mail [email protected] so we can connect you with agencies that are requesting volunteers.
- Monetary Donations can be made to the Red Cross at (304) 340-3650 or http://www.redcross.org/local/west-virginia or the United Way at http://www.unitedwaycwv.org/. You can also sign up to volunteer with both organizations at those links.
- Donations can be made through the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation by sending a check to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation at P.O. Box 2789, Charleston, WV 25330. Electronic transfers can also be set up by contacting Amanda Pasdon at [email protected] or (304) 989-0664. The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and 100% of donations will go towards disaster relief efforts.
- Togo boxes for serving food, plastic ware, diapers, batteries and cat food are items that have been specifically requested for certain areas. Cleaning supplies, including Clorox wipes, Clorox spray, sponges, hand sanitizer, 5-gallon buckets, contractor trash bags, can openers, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, Q tips, Razors, industrial dust pans, shovels, mops, sunscreen, bug spray and bleach are also in high demand. These supplies can be dropped off at locations throughout the flooding area. They can also be dropped off at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce at 1624 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV. Supplies dropped off to the Chamber will be delivered daily where the need is greatest.
The following are resources for those in need of direct assistance:
- Contact numbers for all 55 county emergency management offices can be accessed by visiting http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/Important%20Contact%20Numbers/Pages/default.aspx
- Assistance from FEMA can be requested by visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov/help/contact-us
- Families needing cleanup assistance can dial 1-800-451-1954 and request free assistance from voluntary agencies.
- A listing of Red Cross shelters can be found at http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery/find-an-open-shelter
- A temporary animal shelter has been established at the I-79 Clendenin exit. Pets will be accepted at this location and then transported to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.