FEMA – Â Josie PritchardÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons Â Â (276) 973-0063
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AID FOR VIRGINIA INFRASTRUCTURE
WISE, Va. – State and local governments in Virginia have received more than $10.9 million to make repairs to public facilities damaged by tornadoes, storms and flooding this spring. The funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and are available because of the April 3 and May 5 disaster declarations issued by President Bush. Assistance has gone out to nine counties and one independent city. In addition, the Commonwealth of Virginia has received funds for damage to state property and facilities.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program enables governmental entities and certain private non-profits to apply for help with the cost of repairing or replacing disaster-damaged infrastructure to its pre-disaster condition. Eligible costs include those associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairing or replacing disaster-damaged roads, bridges, public buildings and other facilities.
In addition to repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure, the Public Assistance program can help pay for measures that, when implemented, will reduce or prevent damages in future floods. These measures are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
A total of 678 projects in Virginia have been deemed eligible for state and federal disaster assistance, according to disaster recovery officials. The majority of these projects involve grading road surfaces, replacing tons of surface and base materials, cleaning and reshaping ditches, and replacing concrete low-water crossings. For eligible projects, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the costs and the applicant will pay the remaining 25 percent.
A listing of funds by jurisdiction follows:
Commonwealth of Virginia Agencies …………………………………………….$8,023,793
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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