RICHMOND (Nov. 16, 2016) – Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern announced the official opening of VDEM’s Region Six office in Roanoke today.
This is one of six new regional offices VDEM is opening across the Commonwealth this year to improve and enhance its on-the-ground presence and coordination with state agencies and local governments responding to emergencies and disasters.
“Our new regional offices help us continue to expand regional capacity for recovery from disasters in the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Stern. “We’re achieving this expansion without increasing spending by reorganizing and placing our experienced personnel directly into the communities they’re already serving from Richmond.”
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. Michael Pruitt will serve as the Chief Regional Coordinator for VDEM Region Six.
VDEM’s Region Six comprises the following communities: the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Highland, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke, and Rockbridge; the cities of Bedford, Buena Vista, Covington, Danville, Lexington, Martinsville, Roanoke, and Salem; and the towns of Christiansburg and Vinton.
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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