Additional jurisdictions designated for Federal Disaster Assistance

April 3, 2011  //  


Media Contacts:
FEMA – Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063

May 15, 2002


WISE, VA. – Disaster assistance has been made available for six counties and one independent city in Virginia, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. The declaration covers tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding that occurred from April 28 through May 3.

The areas included in the declaration are Bedford, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Prince Edward and Shenandoah counties and the independent city of Bedford. All areas were designated for Individual Assistance, which provides aid to individuals, families and business owners.

FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the additional assistance was approved following a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials. The declaration is an extension of a declaration issued by President Bush May 5 that made assistance available in Buchanan and Tazewell counties.

“We remain committed to delivering assistance wherever it’s needed and to making sure that every qualified individual and family receives the help they need to get back on the road to recovery,” Allbaugh said.

Affected residents and business owners in all of the declared counties and independent city may apply for assistance immediately by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA, (1-800-621-3362) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Those who are speech- or hearing- impaired can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) to register.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at, or VDEM’s homepage at Information also is available through FEMA’s 24-fax-on-demand service by calling (202) 646-FEMA. RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS: For recorded actualities on response and recovery operations call the FEMA Radio Network at 1-800-323-5248. 


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund