News Release Archive
April 18, 2011
Office of the Governor
CONTACT: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Bob Spieldenner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor McDonnell Requests Federal Disaster Assistance in Wake of Pulaski County Tornadoes
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today asked President Barrack Obama for a federal disaster declaration to assist Virginia’s response to two tornadoes that struck Pulaski County on April 8, injuring 10 people and causing more than $9 million in damage.
“The impact of these tornados on residents of Pulaski County cannot be measured in just dollars and cents,” said Governor McDonnell. “The human stories that come out of tragedies like this tell the true story of those whose lives are impacted by financial and property losses and injury. This federal disaster funding will assist the people of Pulaski County to begin to recover from this devastating storm.”
The governor has requested individual assistance. If approved by the president, the Individual Assistance Program would make funding available for homeowners and renters in the form of low-interest loans and grants as well as disaster housing assistance.
In addition, Governor McDonnell requested Hazard Mitigation Assistance for all Virginia localities. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance program helps local and state governments take actions to reduce the impact of future disasters, such as modifying or removing structures from a hazard area, conducting public education campaigns, restoring wetlands and managing soil erosion.
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