FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRAVEL TRAILERS TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY HOUSING IN BUCHANAN COUNTY
WISE, Va. — State and federal officials announced today that travel trailers are being provided to meet the immediate housing needs for individuals who have been displaced as a result of the severe weather from April 28 through May 3. The first travel trailer arrived Friday, May 17 and placement is underway.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with state and local representatives, have been making assessments of the rental housing resources in the affected county and found a lack of available housing.
“When compared to the number of people needing temporary housing, there is a serious shortfall of apartments and rental properties,” said Louis Botta, federal coordinating officer. “Travel trailers are being brought in to fill an immediate need. They will provide people with a short-term place to live while they work to fulfill their permanent housing needs, whether that means finding a new home or repairing an existing one.”
Anyone who would like to be considered for a travel trailer, or has questions regarding travel trailers should visit the Disaster Recovery Centers at the Hurley Middle School or the old County Administration Building in Tazewell. However, the Tazewell center will only remain open through May 22. Individuals who suffered damage to their home should first register for assistance by calling FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.
Residents who wish to have a trailer must have attempted to locate a rental resource on their own or through FEMA’s rental listings. The travel trailers can be placed at a person’s home – in the driveway or on the property while home repairs are underway – or in established trailer parks in area communities. The placement of all travel trailers must be in compliance with all federal, state and local government rules and regulations for zoning, building, health and safety.
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