FEMA – Josie Pritchard (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons (276) 973-0063
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2002
ARE YOU SURE YOU REGISTERED FOR
FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE?
WISE, VA. – The floodwaters have receded. You registered with the Red Cross, notified local officials of your damage and even reported damage to the county emergency manager. However, there is one additional step disaster victims must take to gain access to assistance programs coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“The Red Cross and other volunteer and local agencies provide valuable assistance, but to receive federal and state disaster assistance Virginia residents affected by the April/May flooding and severe storms must call our toll-free registration line,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta.
The FEMA toll-free registration number is 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-621-3362 and is available daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call toll-free (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
Already, some 900 Virginians have registered for disaster assistance and $441,000 has been approved for distribution in Tazewell and Buchanan Counties.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at www.fema.gov, or VDEM’s homepage at www.vaemergency.com. 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
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