Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
CONTACT: Janet L. Clements (804) 674-2400
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 5, 2002
GOVERNOR WARNER ANNOUNCES FEDERAL APPROVAL OF DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR BUCHANAN AND TAZEWELL COUNTIES
RICHMOND, VA — Governor Mark R. Warner announced today that President Bush has granted a major disaster declaration for Buchanan and Tazewell counties due to the May 2 flash flooding that struck Southwest Virginia. The declaration will implement the Individual and Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs for those people affected by the heavy rains, mudslides and flooding.
The disaster declaration makes assistance available to support the recovery needs of affected residents and businesses. Housing assistance is available for people who have been forced from their homes due to disaster damage. In addition, low interest loans are available for individuals and businesses to help cover uninsured losses. Grants for home repairs and other serious disaster-related needs may also be available. Also, the declaration approved the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program, which will help with damage reduction initiatives for future disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will be working cooperatively to deliver these disaster assistance programs.
Residents and business owners who suffered damages in the declared localities may apply for assistance immediately by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call a special TTY number at 1-800-462-7585.
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