DISASTER ASSISTANCE DOES NOT JEOPARDIZE BENEFITS

April 1, 2011  //  


 











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


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        
April 12, 2002
        FEMA-1406-DR-VA-NR13


 


DISASTER ASSISTANCE DOES NOT JEOPARDIZE BENEFITS

 


WISE, VA. — The social service benefits of flood disaster victims are not affected if they apply for federal disaster assistance.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials say emergency housing grants or other disaster assistance will not jeopardize their social service benefits or incur tax liabilities. Applicants also should have no concerns about confidentiality.


Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said, “Registration for FEMA disaster assistance is confidential and the information supplied by flood victims is not shared with any other agency.”





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