FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2016
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
Five Additional Localities Eligible for Federal Disaster Aid for January Snow Storm Recovery
RICHMOND – Earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management received notification that five additional localities are eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program for costs incurred during the Jan. 22-23 severe winter storms.
The counties of Greene, Henrico and Shenandoah and the cities of Fairfax and Fredericksburg are eligible to receive reimbursement for infrastructure repairs and response costs associated with the winter storms. On March 7, FEMA authorized PA program assistance for Albemarle, Arlington, Caroline, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Highland, King George, Loudoun, Louisa, Madison, Page, Patrick, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester.
“We were successful in securing federal disaster assistance for five additional jurisdictions because we’re committed to making sure our local partners have what they need to respond to emergencies,” said State Coordinator of Emergency Management Dr. Jeffrey Stern. “We’re also committed to the individuals and families recovering from the Feb. 24 tornadoes and intend to submit a compelling appeal to FEMA to further make the Commonwealth’s case for disaster assistance.”
On April 1, FEMA denied Virginia’s request for assistance to help individuals and homeowners in Appomattox, Essex and Sussex counties impacted by the Feb. 24 tornadoes. The Commonwealth intends to submit an appeal to FEMA by the May 1 deadline.
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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