FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
$502,622 IN DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO SCOTT COUNTY
NOTE TO EDITORS: Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help SW Virginia residents following the March flooding. The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts for Scott County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will update this information periodically from their Joint Information Center in Wise. The information is current as of May 14, 2002.
WISE, VA. – Scott County has received $502,622 in disaster loans and grants for individuals, businesses and government agencies affected by rains and flooding in March.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the following figures for federal disaster assistance for Scott County as of May 14.
Total federal disaster assistance for the Southwest Virginia counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe and the city of Norton has reached $5.3 million.
The deadline for registering for federal disaster assistance for the March 17-20 flooding is June 1. Applicants should call the FEMA registration number 1-800-621-3362. Those who have already registered but have questions or need to update personal information, can call the FEMA Helpline, 1-800-621-3362. The hours for both services are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and both are available to the speech- or hearing- impaired by calling TTY 1-800-462-7585.
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