FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEMA OPENS OFFICE FOR TORNADO AID
WISE, Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be opening an office in the Zion Polling Place on 1986 Skippers Road in the city of Emporia on Tuesday, May 28 to provide information on aid available to victims of the recent tornado disaster. Greensville County was declared a federal disaster on May 15.
FEMA official Tom Bias will be on hand to guide tornado victims through the registration process and the disaster assistance programs for which they may be eligible. These programs include temporary housing, individual and family grants as well as low-interest loans. If you have already applied to FEMA and still have questions or would like an update on your case, Bias may be able to help.
The office will be open from Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, May 30 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Affected residents and business owners may apply for assistance immediately by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA, (1-800-621-3362) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. The registration number is not operating on Sunday, May 26 and Memorial Day, May 27. Those who are speech-or hearing-impaired can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) to register.
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