By Wendy Holdren
The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday a $300,000 National Emergency Grant for West Virginia communities to assist with cleanup and recovery after Hurricane Sandy.
“Today’s grant will assist with cleanup and repair of the state’s infrastructure and help those affected by Hurricane Sandy to return to normalcy,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
The funds will be awarded to WorkForce West Virginia to create temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers who will assist with cleanup and recovery efforts.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 18 counties eligible for FEMA’S Public Assistance Program Nov. 27: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming.
Additional counties may be included at a later date if further evaluation warrants their inclusion.
More information on designated disaster areas in the state is available at www.fema.gov/disaster/4093.
National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit www.doleta. gov/NEG.
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