RICHMOND (Nov. 17, 2016) – Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern announced the official opening of VDEM’s Region Three office in Harrisonburg today.
The opening of the new regional office will improve and enhance VDEM’s on-the-ground presence, thereby improving local coordination with state agencies and local governments responding to emergencies and disasters.
“Positioning our staff in the regions will enhance VDEM’s ability to quickly and effectively support localities on a daily basis and in times of disaster,” said Dr. Stern. “These regional offices were established at no additional cost to the Commonwealth.”
The Commonwealth manages seven geographic regions for emergency and disaster management through VDEM. Each regional office comprises, at minimum, one chief regional coordinator, a disaster response and recovery officer, a hazardous materials officer, and an all-hazards planner. Gene Stewart will serve as the Chief Regional Coordinator for VDEM Region Three.
VDEM’s Region Three comprises the following communities: the counties of Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Prince Edward, and Rockingham; the cities of Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Staunton, and Waynesboro; and the towns of Farmville and South Boston.
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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