Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
CONTACT: Janet L. Clements (804) 897-6510
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 20, 2002
RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has set up a toll-free number to accept financial donations for the victims of the severe flooding that struck Southwest Virginia on March 18. The donations will be distributed to flood victims through local recovery organizations. Counties affected by the flooding include Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe and the cities of Bristol and Norton.
Donors may call toll-free to 1-877-245-5513 to make a contribution. The line will be staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After-hours callers will have the opportunity to leave a message.
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