COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
|Contact: Ellen Qualls|
Phone: (804) 786-2211, ext. 2379
Cell: (804) 393-9429
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2002
Governor Warner Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for Tornado, Flash Flooding and High Wind Damage
RICHMOND — Governor Mark R. Warner today requested that President Bush issue a major disaster declaration for 10 Virginia localities that experienced tornadoes, flash flooding, and severe wind damage during the past week. Disaster aid is being sought for the counties of Bedford, Buchanan, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Prince Edward, Shenandoah, and Tazewell and the cities of Colonial Heights and Bedford.
“This week’s severe weather has resulted in the loss of life, injuries, and significant home and business damage in many areas of the state,” Governor Warner said. “The federal assistance I am requesting will help residents and businesses who were devastated by tornadoes, high winds, and flash flooding begin the recovery process.”
Governor Warner is requesting federal aid through the Individual and Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs. If approved by the President, the Individual Assistance Program would make available disaster housing assistance, low interest loans, grants, and unemployment assistance. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance program would help with damage reduction initiatives for future disasters. The federal government would fund some of the requested assistance programs totally, while others would involve a federal-state cost sharing.
“Employees of the Virginia departments of Emergency Management, State Police, and Transportation, as well as the National Guard, are currently assisting Southwest Virginia flood victims, and they will continue that mission as part of the area’s recovery,” Governor Warner said.
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