April 3, 2011  //  


Media Contacts:
FEMA – Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063

May 24, 2002


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.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at www.fema.gov, or VDEM’s homepage at www.vaemergency.com. Information also is available through FEMA’s 24-fax-on-demand service by calling (202) 646-FEMA. RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS: For recorded actualities on response and recovery operations call the FEMA Radio Network at 1-800-323-5248. 


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund