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For Immediate Release
September 12, 2002
Governor Warner Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance for 23 Additional Localities
RICHMOND — Governor Mark R. Warner has written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman requesting drought disaster designations for an additional 23 Virginia counties. The federal designation makes farmers eligible for low-interest loans and any supplemental relief that may be provided by Congress.
The 23 localities for which the Governor has requested assistance are Appomattox, Augusta, Botetourt, Buckingham, Caroline, Craig, Cumberland, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, King George, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Page, Powhatan, Prince William, Rockingham, Suffolk, and Westmoreland counties.
So far this year, 10 Virginia counties have been designated primary disaster areas by USDA and another 38 contiguous counties have been approved for federal assistance. Requests for disaster designations for Campbell, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties have been pending with the U.S. Department of Agriculture since August 6th.
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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