VIRGINIA DISASTER RECOVERY UPDATE State and Federal Aid Surpasses $30 Million For Spring Disasters

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Media Contacts:
FEMA –  Len DeCarlo           (276) 973-0035
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063
SBA –     Colleen Hiam           (716) 282-4612


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
June 26, 2002
        FEMA-1411-DR-VA-55


Note to Editors: The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts to flooding and tornadoes that affected several regions of Virginia. This information is current as of June 26.


VIRGINIA DISASTER RECOVERY UPDATE
State and Federal Aid Surpasses $30 Million For Spring Disasters




  • Virginia received two federal disaster declarations this spring. The first covers nine counties and one city for flooding that occurred from March 17-20. The second declaration covers 13 counties and two independent cities for tornadoes and flooding from April 28-May 3.



  • All areas were designated for the Individual Assistance Program, which aids individuals, while some were also designated for Public Assistance, which provides funding to jurisdictions to repair public infrastructure.



  • Individuals may apply for disaster assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.



  • For the March disaster, 1954 residents in the declared localities registered for disaster assistance. The registration deadline has passed for the March disaster. For the April-May disaster 1472 have registered. The deadline to register is July 5 for the April-May disaster.



  • Combining assistance for both disasters, more than $3.92 million has been approved for individuals to assist with temporary housing and minor home repairs.



  • For both disasters, state officials have approved more than $1.61 million in funds for Individual and Family Grant (IFG) assistance. IFG may be used to cover disaster-related expenses, such as essential home repairs, replacement of personal property, transportation, and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other programs.



  • The FEMA Public Assistance Program has obligated more than $11.2 million for repairs to public infrastructure, which includes funds for debris removal and the repair of roads, bridges, public buildings and utilities. This figure includes both disasters.



  • FEMA is providing Virginia more than $3 million for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program, managed by the state, provides funding for projects that can limit damages caused by future disasters.



  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $4.09 million in low-interest disaster assistance loans. This figure includes both disasters.



  • A total of $6.5 million in assistance has gone to pay for direct mission assignments to other federal agencies. The majority of these funds went to the Corps of Engineers for debris removal.


  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been available through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for those who lost income because of the disaster, including farmers, farm workers, and other self-employed persons. The deadline for filing an application with VEC is July 25 for residents of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Prince George, Scott, and Wise counties and the independent City of Emporia. For residents of other declared counties, the application deadlines have passed.





Virginia Disaster Statistics


March Flooding
(Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe counties and the city of Norton)


Registrations ……………………………………………………………………… 1954
Disaster Housing ($ Approved) ……………………………….. $1,947,231.48
Public Assistance ($ Obligated) ………………………………. $6,241,049.01
IFG ($ Approved) ……………………………………………………… $817,938.00
SBA loans ($ Approved) …………………………………………. $1,801,800.00


April-May Flooding/Tornadoes
(Bedford, Buchanan, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Prince George, Shenandoah, Scott, Tazewell and Wise counties and the cities of Bedford and Emporia.)


Registrations ………………………………………………………………………. 1472
Disaster Housing ($ Approved) ……………………………….. $1,978,001.30
Public Assistance ($ Obligated) ………………………………. $5,140,145.29
IFG ($ Approved) ……………………………………………………… $796,464.00
SBA loans ($ Approved) …………………………………………. $2,292,300.00
Deadline to register for disaster assistance ………………………… July 5
Deadline for Disaster Unemployment
(for selected counties only)
………………………………………………. July 25






    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