FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEMA HELPLINE AVAILABLE
Recovery officials encourage applicants to call the Helpline to check the status of their applications, update their personal information, or get additional information.
“In addition to following up on their applications, disaster victims can learn more about housing programs and grants, as well as loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) by calling the Helpline number, 1-800-621-3362,” said Louis Botta, FEMA federal coordinating officer.
State Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline said, “The Helpline is an excellent way for disaster victims to track their application progress.”
Recovery officials reported that 954 residents of Southwest Virginia had called the Helpline as of May 1. The counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and the city of Norton are included in the disaster declaration. Wythe County was designated only for 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