FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST CHECKS GO TO BUCHANAN, TAZEWELL
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.
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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