FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALMOST $230,000 IN DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO CITY OF NORTON
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 the city of Norton. 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 7, 2002.
WISE, VA. – The city of Norton has received $229,238 in federal disaster assistance for individuals, businesses and government agencies affected by rains and flooding in March. There have been 79 registrations for disaster assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the following figures for federal disaster assistance for the city of Norton, as of May 7.
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 $4 million.
The deadline for registering for federal disaster assistance 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 7a.m to7 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