CONSENT FORMS MUST BE SIGNED FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL

April 3, 2011  //  


 











Media Contacts:
FEMA – Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        
May 20, 2002
        FEMA-1411-DR-VA-20


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.


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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.

 

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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund