News Release Archive
April 30, 2011
Office of the Governor
CONTACT: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Bob Spieldenner
Phone: 804-484-4201; 804-484-4201
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor McDonnell Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for Washington, Halifax Counties
RICHMOND –Governor Bob McDonnell has asked President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration to assist Virginia’s response to severe weather and tornadoes that struck the Commonwealth April 27, killing five people and injuring more than 50.
Specifically, Governor McDonnell asked the President to make individual assistance and Small Business Administration disaster loans available for Washington County, torn by an EF3 tornado, and Halifax County, where an EF2 tornado hit.
“Yesterday, I saw firsthand the incredible destruction the tornado brought to Washington County. I spoke with those who lost loved ones and heard stories of amazing survival,” said Governor McDonnell. “Also, I met the fire, law enforcement, emergency services professionals from around the region, as well as those who were busy clearing roads, restoring power, and removing debris. These are all people who immediately came to help those in need. The strength of Virginia is evident in the volunteers and charitable organizations who are already working to get the community on the road to recovery. That road will be a long and hard one, and I have asked for federal disaster assistance to help our citizens in their recovery.
Governor McDonnell also requested Hazard Mitigation Assistance for all Virginia localities. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance program helps local and state governments take actions to reduce the impact of future disasters, such as modifying or removing structures from a hazard area, conducting public education campaigns, restoring wetlands and managing soil erosion.
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