FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONSENT FORMS MUST BE SIGNED FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL
WISE, Va. – The flooding that took place April 28 – May 3 left much debris in its wake. But before debris removal can begin on private property, residents must sign consent forms allowing cleanup crews on their property.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced two different cleanup operations:
AmeriCorps volunteers are helping flood victims remove debris from their homes and yards. AmeriCorps is a national service program that recruits volunteers, ages 18-24, from around the country to aid in disaster relief. Priority will be given to the elderly and disabled.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers is overseeing debris removal from public and private property. The Corps is requesting that residents of private property sort their debris in three separate piles: one for hazardous materials (such as cleaning solvents, paints and fertilizer); “white goods” (metal appliances like stoves and refrigerators) and burnable or biodegradable materials (such as carpeting and household furniture).
These two cleanup efforts require two separate consent forms. The AmeriCorps consent form gives permission for these volunteers to enter and work on someone’s property. The FEMA/U.S. Corps of Engineers form must be signed before debris can be removed from private property. Vehicles and mobile homes will not be treated as debris, but will be addressed at a later date.
FEMA representatives are going door-to-door handing out the forms, but the forms are also available at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Hurley Middle School on State Route 643. All forms should be signed and returned to this center.
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