FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEADLINE NEARS FOR MARCH FLOOD DISASTER ASSISTANCE
WISE, Va. — Southwest Virginia residents and business owners who sustained damage from the March 17-20 floods have only one more week to apply for disaster assistance. June 1 is the last day applications will be accepted. That is also the deadline for submitting loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for physical disaster related losses. Small businesses have until January 2, 2003 to apply to SBA for economic injury disaster loans.
Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said, “We want people to understand that this is only an application deadline. For those who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed. We just won’t be accepting any new applications.”
Since April 2, when President Bush declared the disaster, residents of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise Counties and the city of Norton have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Wythe County was eligible for Public Assistance projects only.
So far, about 1900 registrations have been received and FEMA has provided a combined total of $6.2 million in assistance for the March flood disaster.
Victims of the March floods who have not yet registered for assistance or have questions about their applications should call FEMA’s toll-free number 1-800-621-3362 for both registration and assistance. The speech- or hearing- impaired may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. The registration and helplines will not be operating Sunday, May 26 and Monday May 27 because of the Memorial Day holiday. They resume 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven day a week operation on Tuesday, May 28.
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