The historic earthquake centered near Mineral, Va., that struck Aug. 23, 2011, damaged structures owned by local governments as well as homes and residences. When publicly-owned facilities are damaged in a disaster, then local governments may be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive federal Public Assistance.
· The Public Assistance program allows FEMA to reimburse state and local governments as well as certain nonprofits for damages to public infrastructure in designated localities. Costs associated with earthquake response, such as damage to critical infrastructure, debris removal and related emergency services, also are eligible for Public Assistance.
· Public Assistance was approved by FEMA to help Louisa County repair and rebuild Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Louisa County High School, both of which sustained extensive damage and had to be closed. The county has provided temporary facilities for students until the schools can reopen.
· The counties of Spotsylvania, Culpeper and Northampton also have been approved for federal Public Assistance.
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