April 1, 2011  //  


Media Contacts:
FEMA – Len DeCarlo            (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063

April 11, 2002




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.

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