FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WISE,VA. — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Director Charlotte Herbert opened a disaster recovery center in Wise Thursday. The visiting official noted that the southwestern Virginia flooding was the first disaster recovery since she was appointed to her position. The FEMA official said she wanted to observe the damage first-hand and to see the human dimension of the floods.
The disaster recovery center, located behind Kmart adjacent to the Wise County Hazmat Command Post on Industrial Park Road, offers information to residents who suffered losses and damages in the floods. It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Applicants for recovery assistance begin by calling a toll-free number: 1-800-621-3362. A visit to the disaster recovery center is not required but those who want face-to-face help with their applications can get assistance there. Additional disaster recovery centers are planned for the rest of the area covered by the presidential disaster declaration.
In addition, the Region III FEMA director and State Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline signed a formal agreement on Thursday, setting out the obligations and responsibilities of the federal government and the Commonwealth.
Following the recovery center opening and the federal/state agreement signing, Herbert, Cline, and Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta answered questions from news media representatives about the disaster recovery.
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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