DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO INFORMATION FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

April 3, 2011  //  


 











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


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        
May 16, 2002
        FEMA-1411-DR-VA-15


DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO INFORMATION FOR FLOOD VICTIMS


WISE, Va. — Individuals in Buchanan and Tazewell counties who suffered damages due to the late April and early May storms have a place to stop for information about disaster assistance programs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Virginia have established Disaster Recovery Centers in Hurley and Tazewell. To date, more than 250 people have visited the centers.


The Disaster Recovery Center provides a quick single stop for people affected by the disaster to get information about recovery programs. In addition, for those with vision or reading difficulties, the centers also have audiotapes available that explain the disaster registration process and various disaster assistance programs.


Residents who have already registered by calling the FEMA toll-free application number, 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362), are not required to visit a Disaster Recovery Center. However, if they want to talk about their application face-to-face, they may visit the center and bring their registration number with them. The hearing- and speech- impaired may register by calling (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. There are telephones at the centers available for those who were unable to register prior to their visit.


The Centers are set up at the following locations:







Buchanan County
Hurley Middle School
State Route 643
Hurley, VA

Tazewell County
Old County Administration Building
315 School Street
Tazewell, VA

The hours of operation for both locations are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


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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.

 

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund