FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.”
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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