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Media Contacts:
FEMA – Len DeCarlo            (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063

April 11, 2002




NORTON, VA.— As federal-state disaster recovery efforts continue to reach out to flood survivors with unmet needs, two mobile disaster recovery centers (DRCs) will begin making rounds. The first mobile recovery center will be at the Lee County fairgrounds in Pennington Gap on Sunday.

The mobile units will serve nine Southwest Virginia localities covered under the April 2 presidential disaster declaration. The localities are Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise counties and the city of Norton.

Disaster assistance staff at the mobile centers provide information and registration assistance to applicants in outlying areas that do not have easy access to the main Disaster Recovery Center behind the Kmart at 5701 Industrial Park Road, Wise.

State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery specialists will provide information on disaster assistance programs. Programs include grants to pay for temporary housing needs, minimal home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Residents and business owners also may be eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Visitors to the mobile centers are encouraged to first register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments who use special keyboard equipment (TTY) should call toll-free 1-800-462-7585.

Residents in the declared localities who already have registered for federal-state disaster assistance are not required to visit a DRC about their application. FEMA inspectors will contact all applicants requesting disaster-housing assistance individually a few days after registering to arrange for an appointment to view the damage.

The schedule of mobile disaster recovery center stops includes:

  • Pennington Gap – April 14 – 17 (1st Day: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thereafter: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

  • Dante – April 15 – April 18 (1st Day: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thereafter: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at, or VDEM’s homepage at Information also is available through FEMA’s 24-fax-on-demand service by calling (202) 646-FEMA. RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS: For recorded actualities on response and recovery operations call the FEMA Radio Network at 1-800-323-5248. 


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund