FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2016
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
FEMA Denies Commonwealth’s Request for Federal Assistance for February 24 Tornadoes
Appeal to be submitted
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe was notified late last Friday that the Commonwealth’s request for federal assistance to help individuals and homeowners impacted by the February 24 tornadoes has been denied. In a letter notifying the Commonwealth of the denial, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate said the damage from the tornadoes “was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the commonwealth, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies.”
“We’re disappointed that our request was denied,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “The Commonwealth intends to submit an appeal to FEMA that further illustrates the widespread impacts from the tornadoes.”
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will reach out to emergency management partners in the affected counties to gather any additional information that further supports an appeal for Individual Assistance. States have up to 30 days after receiving a denial letter to submit an appeal to FEMA.
On March 25, Governor McAuliffe requested FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program for recovery aid in the three hardest-hit counties: Appomattox, Essex and Sussex. View full text of the Governor’s letter to President Obama: http://www.vaemergency.gov/sites/default/files/VirginiaPresidentialDisasterDeclarationIARequest-February24Tornadoes.pdf.
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