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