10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar. 3, 2016
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804) 897-6510 or (804) 674-2400
Richmond, Va. – Last week’s severe storm caused widespread tornado damage in several regions of the Commonwealth. As cleanup continues, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) recommends Virginians impacted by the Feb. 24 tornadoes take photos and document damage, and keep all receipts handy to show insurance and other damage assessors, if needed.
The following are guidelines for household debris removal:
- Place debris curbside, but not where it blocks the roadway.
- In order to make it easier for debris to be picked up, do not place it near or on trees, poles, fire hydrants, meters or other structures.
- Do not burn household debris.
- Separate debris curbside into the following six categories:
- Electronics – TVs, computers, phones, DVD players.
- Large appliances – Refrigerator, air conditioner, washer, dryer, stove, water heater (do not leave doors unsealed or unsecured).
- Hazardous waste – Oil, batteries, pesticides, paint, cleaning supplies.
- Vegetative debris – Tree branches, leaves, logs, plants.
- Construction and demolition debris – Building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing.
- Household garbage – Bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging.
- Contact your local government if you have any questions about debris removal.
Volunteer agencies continue to work with individuals with immediate needs. Those with immediate unmet needs should contact their local government.
Joint VDEM/FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) have been completed in the 12 jurisdictions that reported damage from this storm. Those counties include Appomattox, Essex, Fluvanna, King and Queen, Lancaster, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Patrick, Richmond, Surry, Sussex and Westmoreland.
“VDEM is compiling the storm impact and damage information and expects to present this information to Governor McAuliffe in about a week,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stern, state coordinator for emergency management. “This information is needed in order to request federal assistance.”
The results of the PDAs determine the types of federal assistance the state may request, such as individual assistance or low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This is only an information-gathering process and it doesn’t guarantee federal assistance.
The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that eight tornados struck the Commonwealth on Feb. 24: two EF-3 tornadoes, five EF-1 tornadoes and one EF-0 tornado. The Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed five storm-related deaths.
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