FIRST CHECKS GO TO BUCHANAN, TAZEWELL COUNTY FLOOD VICTIMS

April 3, 2011  //  


 











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


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
May 9, 2002
        FEMA-1411-DR-VA-05


FIRST CHECKS GO TO BUCHANAN, TAZEWELL
COUNTY FLOOD VICTIMS


WISE, VA. – The first checks went out to residents of Buchanan and Tazewell counties less than five days after the counties were designated eligible for federal disaster assistance. Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said, “Twelve checks totaling $20,439 have already been issued, most for home repair costs. This assistance is an important step in the recovery process, and reflects our commitment to providing disaster aid as quickly as possible.”


Through Tuesday, May 7, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had received 467 registrations for assistance. “The FEMA toll-free teleregistration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) has been widely publicized and the number of registrations is expected to increase daily,” said Botta.


Federal disaster aid was made available to help families and businesses in Buchanan and Tazewell counties from flood and storm damage that occurred between April 28 and May 3. President Bush issued a major disaster declaration on May 5 in response to a request from Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner.


The assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Aid also may include U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses.


 





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.

 

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