FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POTENTIAL HAZARDS LURK IN DEBRIS
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.”
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