WVU mobilizes efforts to help WV communities devastated by storms and flash flooding

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June 27, 2016 by University Relations

Morgantown W.Va. — West Virginia University is organizing relief efforts to assist those storm and flood-ravaged areas of West Virginia.

“West Virginia University’s heart aches for the victims of last week’s devastating storm and flash flooding in central and southern West Virginia,”WVU President Gordon Gee said. “Our students, faculty and staff – along with our WVU Extension Service – are mobilizing to offer supplies and critical aid to our fellow Mountaineers in need. God Bless our great state.”

Donation drop-off locations were available Saturday and Sunday (June 25-26) from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum, Kroger at Suncrest Town Centre, and Little General Store locations on Van Voorhis Road and Willey Street in Morgantown. Donation locations at the Coliseum and Suncrest Town Centre are open Monday (June 27) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The highest priority items include:

  • cleaning supplies including bleach
  • baby wipes
  • diapers
  • baby food and formula
  • toiletries
  • work gloves
  • toilet paper
  • feminine hygiene items
  • shampoo
  • toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • batteries

In addition, WVU football collected water and goods on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The truck was located in the Milan Puskar Stadium parking lot.

WVU students, faculty or staff can sign up to volunteer through iServe.

For those who want to make a monetary donation, the Dollars for Disaster West Virginia Flood Relief project is working with American Red Cross – West Virginia and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasterto accept contributions.

Checks are also being accepted by mail:
WV VOAD Disaster Relief Fund
815 Alderson St.
Williamson, WV 25661

Dollars for Disaster Donation jars will also be located in the WVUMountainlair at the WVU Center for Service and Learning table at New Student Orientation on Monday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WVU Medicine has gathered and contributed nearly 300 tetanus vaccines for flood survivors to date.

The WVU Alumni Association is coordinating efforts from chapters across West Virginia. In addition, many chapters around the country and the world are collecting donations and organizing local donation drives.

WVU Extension Service agents and specialists are already helping residents in affected areas cope with the after-effects.

“Because of their knowledge of local agencies and organizations, county Extension faculty and staff can direct affected residents to good sources of assistance,” Steve Bonanno, dean and director of the WVU Extension Service, said.

Additionally, WVU Extension county offices can provide information to both victims and relief workers on many areas of flood and storm cleanup. After the initial cleanup, people need to know how to get their lives and homes back in order, Bonanno said. They face such practical issues as cleaning their bedding and clothing, removing mold from houses, deciding which food to discard, testing their wells, saving their gardens and coping with stress.

The WVU Extension Service web site features important information aboutflood recovery and food safety.

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