April 3, 2011  //  


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

May 11, 2002


WISE, VA. – Now that the cleanup from the recent severe storms and floods has begun, FEMA has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist with debris management. Disaster officials are asking residents of Buchanan County to separate the debris into three separate piles and place it at the curb to be picked up by the National Guard.

Potentially hazardous household waste – usually products kept under the sink and in the garage, such as aerosol cans, pesticides and paints – should be placed in one pile to be disposed of in an approved landfill. Other possible hazardous materials include kitchen cleaners, oil products, fertilizer, varnishes, drain cleaners and flammable liquids.

In the second pile, large metal appliances, or so-called “white goods”, such as refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and metal cabinets, will be collected separately and recycled as scrap.

The third pile should include burnable or degradable material, or non-metal objects, such as household furnishings, carpeting, building materials and general household trash, (with the exception of food). This pile will be hauled to a transfer station for disposal.

“A flood leaves many hazards in its wake,” said Art Fong, debris mission manager for the Corps of Engineers. “We urge everyone involved in the cleanup to be very cautious when disposing of flood damaged materials.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at www.fema.gov, or VDEM’s homepage at www.vaemergency.com. 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