FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ADDITIONAL JURISDICTIONS DESIGNATED FOR
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.
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