PRIVATE NON-PROFITS SHOULD CHECK ON RECOVERY ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY

April 1, 2011  //  


 











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


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        
April 21, 2002
        FEMA-1406-DR-VA-NR28


 


PRIVATE NON-PROFITS SHOULD CHECK ON RECOVERY ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY

 


WISE, VA. – Private non-profit organizations that provide essential government services may be eligible for recovery assistance if their facilities suffered damage in the March floods.

State and federal officials scheduled a 10 a.m. applicant briefing Wednesday, April 24, at the Russell County Public Library, 203 Northwest Main St., Lebanon. The briefing will outline public assistance eligibility requirements for private non-profits in the federally declared disaster area. The declaration covers Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe counties and the city of Norton.

Among the organizations that may be eligible are nursing homes, volunteer fire departments, rescue squads, community centers and certain hospitals. FEMA’s Public Assistance program covers 75 percent of the approved cost for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, building and utilities.

In general, organizations with 501(c)3 IRS status should contact their local emergency coordinator to determine whether they are eligible. Organizations that don’t have the IRS status but have provided essential services also should contact local officials.





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