FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WISE, VA. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a toll-free number that residents of Southwest Virginia can call to get information about disaster assistance.
Those who have registered for disaster assistance and have questions or need to update their applications should call the FEMA Helpline. The number is 1-800- 621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). The Helpline is in operation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
Applicants who have changed address, telephone information or any other personal data should bring their records up to date with a call to the Helpline.
Residents of the flood disaster area are encouraged to register first with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or TTY l-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. Since President Bush declared a major disaster in Southwest Virginia, FEMA has received almost 1,500 registrations for assistance.
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