FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RICHMOND, VA. — People unable to work because of the severe storms and flooding that occurred in Southwest Virginia March 17-20, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.
Self-employed and unemployed workers who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for the assistance under the major disaster declaration made by President Bush on April 2. Under this program, benefits of up to $368 per week may be paid to eligible individuals until they are able to return to work.
Nine jurisdictions were designated disaster areas including the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and the city of Norton.
Disaster unemployment assistance covers those who:
Anyone filing for disaster unemployment assistance should visit the nearest Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) field office. The deadline for applying is May 11, 2002. Applicants should bring their Social Security number and, if possible, documentation showing earnings for the calendar year of 2001.
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