April 1, 2011  //  


Media Contacts:
FEMA – Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063

April 15, 2002




WISE, VA. – Checks totaling more than $1 million for housing assistance have already been mailed to residents of the flood disaster area of southwestern Virginia.

Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta noted, “Every effort is being made to get assistance to those who were affected by the March flooding as quickly as possible.”

Since April 2, when eight Virginia counties and the city of Norton were designated in a presidential disaster declaration, 609 applications have been approved for $1,096,448. A total of 1,184 registrations have been taken by FEMA’s teleregistration center.

Two types of housing grants are available. Homeowners or renters whose residences were substantially damaged may be eligible for rental assistance until permanent housing can be found. In addition, essential home repair grants are available to homeowners for basic repairs not covered by insurance. Examples of essential repairs may include electrical and plumbing systems or general carpentry to make a home safe, secure and livable.

In addition to the more than $1 million in federal housing grants, the U.S. Small Business Administration has so far provided $59,500 in low interest disaster assistance loans.

State Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline said, “Affected residents and business owners should apply for assistance immediately if they have not already done so.” Residents are urged to register by calling FEMA’s toll free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Teleregistration is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 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