FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WISE,VA. — Inspectors for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now visiting people who have filed applications for assistance to recover from the March floods in southwestern Virginia. In a joint statement, Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta and Virginia State Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline said, “Residents who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to hear from inspectors who will schedule a visit to look at damaged property.”
One or more inspectors from different agencies may look at damaged property. FEMA schedules inspections within seven days to verify losses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) usually sends loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have submitted completed loan applications. The American Red Cross may also send inspectors to meet with disaster victims and local building and safety inspectors may come to see if damaged structures are safe.
“We are advising applicants to ask for identification from everyone saying they are damage inspectors,” Botta said. “All inspectors and verifiers carry official photo identification. If an inspector is not wearing an identification card or badge, ask to see it.”
More than 700 residents have applied for aid by calling the toll-free registration number,
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