FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
$5.3 MILLION IN DISASATER ASSISTANCE FOR
WISE, VA. – FEMA and the Commonwealth of Virginia continue recovery efforts in eight Southwest Virginia counties and the independent city of Norton that suffered floods in late March. These figures do not include totals for the recently declared disaster covering the floods and severe storms in Tazewell and Buchanan counties.
The localities included in the March flood disaster are Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and the city of Norton. Wythe County was designated eligible for public assistance only. During the six weeks since President Bush declared the disaster, FEMA has received 1,852 applications for disaster assistance and has approved $5.3 million in combined assistance.
Individuals and business owners who suffered losses or damages from the March floods in the counties designated in the presidential disaster declaration are encouraged to register by calling FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. The deadline for registering for the March 17-20 flooding is June 1. Those who have already registered but need to update their information or who have questions about the status of their application can call the FEMA Helpline, 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Hours of operation for both locations are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971