News Release Archive
May 12, 2011
Office of the Governor
CONTACT: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor McDonnell Calls for Citizens, Corporations and Non-Profits to Rally to Assist Virginia’s Tornado-Impacted Communities
~While Governor Considers Appeal to FEMA Denial of Funding, He Encourages Private Donations Through Tornado-Relief Website: www.vaemergency.com~
RICHMOND –Governor Bob McDonnell is encouraging private companies, non-profit organizations, volunteers, faith-based organizations and citizens to rally to provide additional aid to communities across Virginia that were impacted by April’s devastating tornadoes. While requests by the Commonwealth to obtain aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been denied, Governor McDonnell has pledged state resources to localities who are rebuilding following the outbreak of storms from April 8 through April 28. The storms left 10 dead, more than 100 injured and destroyed 212 homes and damaged more than 1,050 homes and businesses.
Times of natural disasters and other hardships bring out the best in Virginians. Those who are directly impacted are resilient and do not give up. Those who have not suffered a loss themselves step in to lend a helping hand, financial support and assistance to those who are in need,” Governor McDonnell said. “While government aid can help communities get back on their feet after a disaster, it is the often unheralded financial, physical, and emotional support from faith-based organizations, private businesses, non-profit organizations, volunteers and other good Samaritans that make the largest impact on the recovery effort. That is why I am reminding all Virginians that, while the headlines may have moved on from those whose lives have been devastated by these storms, those who are working to rebuild their lives still need our support. I encourage everyone to help our fellow Virginians in this difficult time, and I thank all those who have already given so generously to this effort.”
Individual aid efforts and those sponsored by many other private and faith-based organizations have contributed significant resources or funds toward rebuilding efforts. The governor has also pledged to contribute state Disaster Recovery Funding to assist localities in their efforts to rebuild.
Earlier this month, Governor McDonnell requested federal disaster assistance for the counties of Halifax, Pulaski and Washington. He also requested FEMA include April 8-28 as one incident period so other localities, such as Gloucester and Middlesex, could be added later. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Virginia’s request for federal disaster assistance for those affected by the April tornadoes. Governor McDonnell is considering an appeal of that decision. In the meantime, the governor urges that relief efforts continue and that local, state, and federal partners work with businesses, private organizations and volunteers to assist those in need and help rebuild our affected communities. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has established a webpage to make it easier for citizens and private companies to offer their assistance.
Those wishing to pledge their support should visit, www.vaemergency.com.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
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